Why Cant I Wear my Glasses After Rhinoplasty, for at Least 3 Weeks?

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Rhinoplasty and Wearing Glasses...or Revenge of the Nerds

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Hi Mris.Kevin,

External pressure forces on the nose during the first three weeks following rhinoplasty may cause asymmetry of the newly sculpted nose; or a newly, newly sculpted nose.

If you must, you may either rest your glasses on top of your old nasal splint, get attachments (available in some pharmacies and optometrists offices) to the bottom part of the glass rim that results in the glasses being supported on your cheeks and off of your nasal bones, or use the old "nerd look" of wrapping some thin white tape around the bridge of your glasses and taping it up to your forehead (de-grease before taping for longer lasting results).

Good luck and enjoy your new nose.

Dr. P

Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wearing glasses after Rhinoplasty

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During rhinoplasty, the nasal bones are often manipulated. The surgeon may choose to "break" the bones to reposition them. This surgical "break" is referred to as an osteotomy. During the first several weeks following a Rhinoplasty in which the bones were repositioned, any significant force can cause the bones to shift and can potentially detract from your overall aesthetic result.

What if the bones weren't broken? Is it still necessary to avoid wearing glasses for a specified time period? Yes. Because the nasal skin and soft tissue envelope swells after Rhinoplasty, eyeglasses can compress the swelling where the "feet" of the glasses rest on your nose. The result is that the swelling may be pressed out of that area quicker and to a greater extent such that it creates depressions in the skin. These depressions can be permanent. We recommend avoiding wearing glasses for 6-8 weeks following a Rhinoplasty (whether osteotomies were performed or not).

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Glasses After Rhinoplasty

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Since glasses put weight on the nose it's best to avoid wearing them while healing. If contact lenses aren't an option anyone who requires prescription glasses should use a nasal splint that is taped onto the nose before wearing them. This splint will help absorb the weight of the glasses and reduce the risk of permanent nasal bone damage. You should wait a little longer before wearing your glasses.  

Glasses leave impressions on swollen nasal bridge tissue

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The glasses will tend to leave impressions in the swollen tissue of the nose across the nasal bridge. It is best to either tape them up across your forehead or wear contacts for the first month after the surgery.


William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Being nice to your nose after rhinoplasty

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It is not infrequent that the nasal bones need to be mobilized during a rhinoplasty procedure and moved to adjust the width of the bridge or the middle of the nose. During the healing period, these bones can be inadvertently moved, and may finally heal in the wrong position. Since you only get one chance to have everything go perfectly the first time, it makes sense to be conservative with issues that could cause problems. For this reason, it is advisable to avoid putting pressure on these nasal bones for the first few weeks after surgery.

Not every patient has ostotomies, so be sure to ask your surgeon about the restrictions they are going to place on you specifically. I hope this helps in understanding the reasoning behind the "no glasses" rule.

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