Tips for Rhinoplasty Recovery?

I have my first ever Rhinoplasty booked in 2 weeks time. I'm pretty nervous and wondered if anyone can give my any tips on recovery, or any tips on things I can do to prepare to ensure everything goes as smooth as possible? Thank you for your time.

Doctor Answers 6

Best rhinoplasty recovery

Everybody recovers differently following surgery. Patients generally follow a "bell curve" when it comes to post operative recovery with the majority of patients falling into the uneventful category. To insure that your recovery and surgical outcome go as smoothly as possible it is important to follow your surgeon's guidelines. Decrease your activity level, the use of ice, arnica, and head elevation at night have helped with my patient's post-operative course. Healing takes a long time and my suggestion after the first few weeks is that if the activity you are participating in causes you discomfort or increased pressure about your nose, you should probably stop doing it until you can perform the task more easily.

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Follow the pre-op and post-op routine carefully.

A good post-op result also depends on good pre-op preparation. Patients need to be in good health with good nutrition. This means get your rest and eat appropriately. A surgical patient's body will need the energy and the nutrients to heal. I have my patients avoid blood thinners (aspirin and the like), avoid vitamin E, and avoid most if not all supplements at least a week pre-op. And it should go without saying that being nicotine-free is essential!

For post-op, it's really a matter of resting up, head higher than the heart for the first few days, ointment to the incision, avoid bumping the nose (pets, bed mates, small children: watch out!), avoid workouts and straining for two weeks, and call the office with questions.

BUT! These are my instructions for my patients. Each of us will have a slightly different regimen that works for our specific approach. Do what your surgeon tells you, not what I tell you (unless I'm your surgeon). Our instructions are not for our amusement--they affect the final result.

Good luck,


David C. Pearson, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Tips for Rhinoplasty Recovery?

Here are some precautionary measures which will make you ready for the surgery and help you to shorten your recovery time.
1. Inform your surgeon, if you are on aspirin or any kind of medication. It is very important to discuss this point, as some medication can cause complications. That's why, you might need to change your medication for alternate one at least two weeks before surgery and for the first weeks after.
2. Stop to get supplements and vitamin E at least a week before surgery. You can get a list of supplements that you would need to stop immediately, as they may cause bruising after surgery.
3. Keep your energy levels maintained, use protein and whole foods only. You should avoid constipation, as there is always a risk of bleeding in the surgically affected area.
4. Take vitamin C a week before surgery.
5. Stop consuming alcohol and smoking at least 3 weeks before surgery.
6. Avoid stress and everything that may be harmful for your immune system.
7. Use painkillers prescribed by your doctor. Swelling and bruising are highly expected after such a kind of surgery, especially if a nose has undergone bone manipulation process. Thus, swelling lasts for 2-3 weeks, but most of patients don't need painkillers after 1 week.Slight swelling may last longer, and sometimes it takes from 2 to 6 months for it to be resolved completely.
8. For pain relief and swelling control, apply the cold compresses, but ice should not to be applied directly on the areas around swelling.
9. Elevate the head all day long and during the night, that means sleeping in "upright" position for all the period af recovery.
10. Itching under the bandage may appear a real problem, most of patients suffer from it, so you would need to avoid even slightest of tempering, as well as applying pressure to nose at least 2 weeks after surgery.
For recovery after a nose surgery it is highly important that all recommendations and restrictions of the doctor wll be strictly observed.

Ercan Karacaoglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Tips for rhinoplasty recovery

It is important to discontinue the use of any aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and herbal supplements two weeks before and two weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery. It is acceptable to be active but no true exercise for two weeks after the surgery. It is also important not to have any packing placed inside your nose.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Talk to Your Surgeon!

Make sure you understand everything related to post-op care before you actually undergo the surgery. Ask your surgeon to allow you to talk to a previous patient of theirs to find out tips. Generically try to avoid overdoing it in the first week, stay elevated at all times, avoid blowing your nose, do not rub at the base of your nose with a tissue or your hands, and avoid medications that might make you nauseated or those which might cause blleding. And above all do not bend at the waist or lift anything heavy.

S. Randolph Waldman, MD
Lexington Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Choose a good surgeon

Rhinoplasty is pretty easy physiologically on the patient. There's almost no blood loss and surprisingly little post-operative pain. The problem with rhinoplasty is that it is a hard operation to do and get predictably good results. If you have chose a good surgeon, you have nothing to worry about. Convalescence will be a snap.


Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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