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Did I Ruin Things? Was Told I Could Wear Glasses Driving, Bridge is Sore to the Touch?

After many years of "hiding" my big bumpy nose I finally took the plunge and had my Rhinoplasty, but I have also been a smoker for most of my life, and did not quit. So now, although my nose looks tons better than before, 9, to almost 10 months post-op the left side on the bridge of my nose is still sore to the touch, actually, very sore to the touch. Some silly nurse told me I could wear my driving glasses only weeks after my surgery, so I did. Did I ruin things here? :(

Doctor Answers (5)

Wearing Eyeglasses After Rhinoplasty


Dear Suzy,


Usually, patients wear their eyeglasses after a rhinoplasty with taped bridges to their foreheads for the first 3-4 weeks. 

Then, wearing eyeglasses of reasonable a weight and comfort fit will not affect the results of the surgery.

I recommend that you consult with your surgeon for a physical examination to assess your current status and provide you with possible solutions.

The best of luck to you and thank you for your questions.

Dr. Sajjadian

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Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Glasses today


After nine to ten months your nose can bear the weight of glasses.  Have your rhinoplastic surgeon take a good look inside and out.

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Glasses Ok after Rhinoplasty


Glasses aren't generally enough weight or  force to do any damage to the nose following Rhinoplasty.  I let patients wear them once the cast comes off.  Of course they may cause a little soreness if they're resting on your nose immediately after surgery.  You should see your surgeon for an exam if you're concerned. 

Long Island Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ruining Your Rhinoplasty Result By Wearing Glasses Unlikely


Affecting your nose is a long-term negative way by wearing glasses is very unlikely. I usually tell people to refrain from wearing heavy glasses for a period of 1-2months but this is mostly a comfort thing. If patients need to wear glasses during that time period, I have them keep their plastic splint to use as a buffer between the nose pads on the glasses and the nasal skin. The nasal skin has a tendency to be sensitive to the touch and a bit swollen. Therefore these pads can dig in and create impressions that go away when the pressure is not there (think: lines that develop on your face when you sleep directly on it).

As for the pain, discuss this with your physician. It is pretty rare to have long-term nasal pain from rhinoplasty but each patient heals slightly differently.

Michael Kim, MD 

Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Did I rin my nose wearing glasses too soon?


Probably not. I tell patients not to wear glasses for 2 months but I dont have any scientific knowledge to back it up.I don think you ruined anything. About the pain you should see your surgeon

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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