You had your surgery and came back to your home. Your physician will surely tell you in detail what you should and should not do, but what am I telling my patients? I’ve listed the things that you wonder under headings to help you.
Remember that you will not be able to breathe easily through your nose in the early postoperative period. You may have to breathe through the mouth from time to time during this period. I don’t think it’s used anymore, but you might feel uncomfortable for a while if a tampon is placed in your nose. My personal preference is using a special corrugated silicone splint or Merocel. They are quite comfortable and you feel less discomfort.
When you can’t breathe easily, you breathe through your mouth and this will create a feeling of drying in your mouth. Drink plenty of fluids; fruit juice, water, and light drinks will recover the dryness of the mouth.
Your physician will prescribe analgesics and antibiotics for post-operative use. Do not use aspirin or medicines containing aspirin. Likewise, I do not recommend using some medications that prevent blood clotting.
Keep your head high for the first two days after surgery; use the double pillow while lying. It is necessary for your blood circulation to be balanced and to reduce swelling quickly.
The discharge from your nose in the form of leakage is not important, however, if fresh blood comes continuously, contact your physician.
There will be a plaster covering your nose and a splint that fixes the bone. Do not touch it and protect your nose against hard movements for a week.
Small pads placed on the nasal tip can be changed as they get wet and can be completely removed if there is no bleeding.
Protect your nose against every kind of blow for three months and avoid hitting it anywhere and even choose your clothes accordingly.
After rhinoplasty, your laughing and pursing movements may be limited for a while, never force it. Do not try to lift your upper lip more than necessary.
Avoid exercises that require effort for four weeks after surgery.
Do not expose to sun and sunlight for two months.
When the plasters and splint are removed, your nose will look swollen and its color will seem to be changed. Nasal tip may look like a ball and seem to be turned upwards. Don’t worry, this will improve over time.
You may feel drowsiness at the nasal tip and upper lip. Don’t worry, it will heal spontaneously from three weeks to three months.
Once the silicones have been removed, gently clean the inside of your nostrils and stitches at your nasal tip with cotton swabs moistened with oxygenated water 3-4 times a day to avoid clots and scabs.
You may not be able to breathe easily through your nose for about four weeks after the silicones have been removed. Please don’t blow! Keep your nostrils open when you have to sneeze or blow.
You may feel exhausted for a few days because of the drugs used for anesthesia in your surgery.
Regardless of the technique used, the first appearance after surgery may surprise you. Please do not worry! The shape of the nose will improve over time. You will see the improvement in your nose at the end of the first month. The swelling in the nasal root and bridge disappears in the third and sixth months, respectively. The swelling in the nasal tip and nasal wings recovers after 9 months.
You can return to your business life within a week but if you are a professional athlete you can return to work by using special masks from the third week after the operation.
Postoperative controls may vary for each surgeon but are usually on the seventh day, first month, third month and sixth month after surgery. In case of any problems, early and frequent follow-ups may be necessary.
We don’t want you to wear glasses for two months after surgery. The glasses can only be worn if a splint is used. In the following period, it can be worn by taping it behind the ear or lens can be used.
You should not swim for two months.