How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Wear Glasses?

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When can you wear glasses after rhinoplasty

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The timing on when you can wear your glasses again after rhinoplasty depends on a few things:

Were there nasal bone fractures done during surgery. If there weren't then there isn't really any limitation to wearing glasses with the understanding that you may get some temporary depressions on the skin where the nose piece contacts your nose.

If you did have bone fractures done during surgery (osteotomies) then I usually tell patients to wait 6 weeks before wearing glasses again. While the nasal cast is on the first week it's okay to wear them, though.

The important point, though, is that you should follow whatever instructions the surgeon that actually did your surgery tells you.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Eyeglasses after Rhinoplasty

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We recommend that patients don’t wear eyeglasses for at least four weeks following rhinoplasty.  During this period the nasal bones aren’t totally healed and slight pressure can cause distortion, indentation and secondary nasal deformities

            In patients who are dependent upon their eyeglasses, alternative strategies are occasionally necessary.  When nasal splints are present, eyeglasses can be placed directly on top of these stable structures without concern.  The splints are usually removed after the first week and other approaches becomes necessary.

            We often recommend taping the eyeglasses to the forehead.  In some cases additional padding can be attached to the nasal eyeglass pads as well.

When patients require eyeglasses to function these maneuvers represent a significant disruption of daily activities.  With this in mind, it’s important to remember that the benefits of rhinoplasty will last an entire lifetime.  

You may wear glasses without protection one month following your Rhinoplasty Surgery.

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If you would require osteotomies during your Rhinoplasty Surgery, you would need to wear a light, removable splint for a month after your surgery. A light, removable splint would disperse the weight of your glasses along the length of your bridge. This would eliminate the possibility of leaving an indentation where your glasses lie.

I hope this is helpful for you.

Regards from NJ.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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When can I wear glasses after Rhinoplasty?

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I advise all of my Rhinoplasty patients to avoid wearing glasses for at least 6 months.  This corresponds to the typical time, after a Rhinoplasty, that the nose swells most.  Pressure from glasses distorts the nasal tissue and is the single most common factor, IMHO, that ruins the final result. 

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Glasses after rhinoplasty

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I let patients wear their glasses after two weeks with the warning that they wil see depressions (temporary) from the nose pads and possibly get some irritation and sensitivity. I suggest they use "frame ups" to hold the glasses off the nose  or tape the bridge to their forehead if possible. Ideally you don't want to put anything there for 4-6 weeks but not everyone has contacts.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wearing Glasses During Rhinoplasty Recovery

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The exact timing of when you can wear glasses is largely dependent on how much work you’ve had done as well as how well your body is responding to recovery. Most patients are advised to wait at least 6 weeks before resuming wearing their glasses. This is to avoid premature contact between the frame of the glasses and the healing nose which can cause a permanent indentation. Again, the amount of time you may have to wait may fall outside this time frame. In the meantime, contact lenses are typically safe to wear.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Glasses after rhinoplasty

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Your nose will be safe for glasses after four weeks, though have your surgeon take a look at the bridge of the ones you plan to wear as you may get by after two weeks depending on the shape. The first week or two you may have to hold them up, or tape can help to avoid pressure.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After Rhinoplasty Until I Can Wear Glasses?

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Glasses can be worn after the nasal splint has been removed (approximately 1 week following surgery).  The glasses must not exert weight or apply any pressure on the healing nose for at least 4 weeks following surgery.  Some patients tape their glasses to their forehead to avoid any pressure on the healing tissue and to prevent any unwanted indentations.  Contact lenses can be worn as soon as you feel able.

Eddy Dona, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Glasses after rhinoplasty

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The short answer is that it depends on the work done and your glasses.  Two week out is relatively safe in most cases.  Although swelling will be present and the nose pads will leave temporary depressions in the side of your nose these will go away.  Speak with your plastic surgeon and guide your level of anxiety about achieving the best result possible.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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