What Medication is Prescribed After Rhinoplasty?

What medications are used right after having a Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, or a combined surgery? Are there any other OTC (over-the-counter) medications that would be helpful?

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Post operative medication for rhinoplasty or septoplasty

For rhinoplasty, I do prescribe prescription pain medication which patients generally take for only one or two days. I do not like to prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Advil or Aleve until at leasts two days postop because they can cause bleeding. I do not prescribe antibiotics for a cosmetic rhinoplasty but do so if a cartilage graft or septoplasty is involved. Every plastic surgeon has his own regimen for pain management so you should feel free to discuss your concerns about postop pain with your doctor.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Medications I prescribe following nasal surgery

Medications I prescribe following nasal surgery include a pain medication and an antibiotic to prevent infection. I know very well respected surgeons that do not prescribe antibiotics and their patients apparently do not develop infections. However, if I'm using cartilage grafts in nasal surgery I will always prescribe antibiotics to prevent those avascular grafts from becoming infected. Other surgeons will prescribe steroids to reduce swelling and arnica to reduce bruising.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Narcotics 3-5 days, then OTC pain relief.

The vast majority of patients who undergo nasal surgery are given narcotic pain relievers for three to five days following surgery.At this point, pain is more easily tolerated and patients are switched to straight Tylenol.
Patients are typically given prophylactic antibiotics to prevent infection and in some cases steroids to minimize swelling.It’s not unusual for patients to be given decongestants as well.
In addition patients are asked to avoid drugs that can potentially cause bleeding.Examples would include Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve and Ibuprofen.
When these steps are taken, complication rates are low, success rates are high and patients have high levels of satisfaction.

What medications are used post rhinoplasty

every doctor is different. I usually prescribe an antibiotic, a light pain medicine, arnica for bruising, and sometimes a light steroid to bring down swelling faster.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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Medications prescribed after a rhinoplasty

The medications prescribed for the postoperative period for a rhinoplasty varies among physicians. At minimum, most will presecribe an antibiotic and pain medication. Some will add medications to help decrease bruising and swelling.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Other than mild pain medication, I do nt routinely prescribe any medications for post rhinoplasty patients. Antibiotics serve no purpose and decongestants are rarely needed

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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