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Aftercare

You will undergo your surgery at Adnova, in one of two specialist day surgery operating theatres. You will be asleep, under general anaesthetic. The surgery itself will take between 2 to 4 hours, depending upon the complexity. Following the surgery you will need to be observed, only being discharged when you are fully recovered.

Mr Tim Biggs, ENT, Rhinoplasty, Septorhinoplasty, Hampshire, Cosmetic
Post-operative Treatments
Recovery

After undergoing Rhinoplasty, it's important to be prepared for the recovery process, which typically involves the following:

  • Swelling and Bruising: Expect some swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes, which may peak within the first few days after surgery and gradually subside over the following weeks. Using cold compresses and keeping the head elevated can help reduce swelling and discomfort. For the first few days sleep on your back with a few pillows to prop yourself up with. 

  • Pain and Discomfort: Mild to moderate pain and discomfort are common following Rhinoplasty. You will be given co-codamol to go home with, which contains paracetamol. Use it as required, but not more than 4 times in 24 hours. 

  • Nasal Packing or Splints: In some rare cases, nasal packing or splints may be placed inside the nose to support the new nasal structure and minimise bleeding. These are usually removed within the first week following surgery. You will be told if this has occurred, as it is not my common practice. 

  • Nasal Congestion: You may experience nasal congestion or difficulty breathing through your nose initially due to swelling. This is normal and should improve as the swelling subsides. Try not to blow the nose in the first week after the surgery, as it may cause bleeding. Some nasal bleeding after surgery is very common. An ice pack on the forehead can be used if this is bothersome. Try to use the nasal wash to clear the nose regularly. 

  • I use dissolvable sutures in the nose. These will slowly breakdown in the weeks following the surgery. Occasionally, they may be visible coming out of the nostril, if this is the case you can cut them back, by this stage they will have done their job and are designed to come out. Don't be worried, most patients are not aware of the sutures dissolving, I only mention it in case you are. 

  • Follow-up Appointments: I will schedule an initial post-operative appointment 7-14 days following your surgery, dependent on the type of surgery you undergo. This will be to examine your nose, clear any crusts, and remove your external tapes and nasal splint. You will then be reviewed at 2 and 6 months.

  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and bending over during the initial recovery period to minimise the risk of complications and promote proper healing. You can build up to your normal activities 2-3 weeks following the surgery. Avoid contact sports for 3 months.

  • Final Results: It's important to understand that the final results of Rhinoplasty may not be fully visible until several months after surgery, once the swelling has completely subsided and the tissues have settled into their new shape.

Overall, following your post-operative care instructions closely and allowing yourself time to rest and heal are key to achieving optimal results from Rhinoplasty.

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