Bumpy Car Ride After Rhinoplasty?

I live in an area where the road is bad and bumpy. How will a car ride on a bumpy ride affect the nose after Rhinoplasty? Should I apply ice after a ride like that?

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Bumpy ride okay after rhinoplasty

It is not advisable to place ice on the nose after a rhinoplasty. The nose will be numb after the procedure, with this decrease in sensation you risk burning the area with ice. The bumpy ride itself will not hurt your nose, but it may cause nausea and vomiting. You may consider getting a hotel room close to the office where the procedure is being performed and drive home the next day.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Seattle, WA 98104

Bumps - don't worry


Like all others have stated you do not have to worry about the ride as it relates to your surgery.  If you have problems with nausea that leads to vomiting, that's another story.  If your sensitive to motion, this may be an issue.

Michael Kulick, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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450 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Care after a rhinoplasty

A bumpy road shoudn't be a problem, just make sure you have some pain medicine available in case any local anesthesia starts to wear off.  Also, if you have a long car ride home, it's important to get out walk around every 2 hours to help prevent any blood clots from forming in your legs.  Good luck!

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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10807 Falls Rd
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Bumpy car ride and swelling following rhinoplasty (nose job)

I would not have any particular concern unless you bump your nose or  the ride causes bleeding.

You should keep light ice compresses on  and sleep with your head elevated for 2-3 days after the surgery.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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880 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005


There are many different variations that can be done in performance of rhinoplasty depending on what is needed to correct the deformity. Regardless, the operative site will be secured so the ride should be no problem.

Depending on the anesthesia however, nausea may be a problem, so be sure to ask for anti-nausea medicine.

Scott E. Kasden, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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2813 W Southlake Blvd
Southlake, TX 76092

Bumpy car ride and rhinoplasty

 A bumpy car ride should have no effect on the final rhinoplasty outcome.  It may be a bit uncomfortable for you during the ride but it should not effect the result.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

Have your driver go slowly.


A rhinoplasty procedure should not be affected by a bumpy car ride at home. I would suggest waiting at least 2 hours after completion of your surgery before getting in your car, and having a driver that goes home slowly.  Best of luck.

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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4625 Quigg Dr
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

A bumpy ride after a nose job is probably only uncomfortable.

You will feel better if you didn't have to take a bumpy ride home after a rhinoplasty, but you'll probably do no harm. Ice is good whether you bump or not. You might get a little more bleeding, but that would make no difference in the long run.

G. Gregory Gallico III, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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170 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Traveling after a rhinoplasty

The biggest concern is a nosebleed. If you are travelling and develop a nose bleed, you will need medical attention.

In your case, if the ride is bumpy you should try spending the first couple of days in a hotel after the surgery. On the thrid day you should be able to handle the bumpy ride. During the ride make sure you are taking pain medicine to be comfortable and applying soft ice packs (not hard) to minimize the chance of a nose bleed.

To make a soft ice pack, mix water with rubbing alcohol in a ziplock bag and freeze it.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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2345 Lamington Road
Bedminster, NJ 07921

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