What To Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty and After Surgery Care

Deciding to get your nose reconstructed isn’t an easy choice to make. However, with the guidance and advice of your plastic surgeon, you can find confidence in your decision.

Like most patients, you are probably excited to see the final results! Taking care of your nose during the healing process is a critical part of recovery. Here’s what you can expect.

What You Need to Know About The Healing Process

Rhinoplasty isn’t as painful as most people believe, and many patients report hardly feeling any pain at all. Most patients will only need to take pain mediation for the first night after surgery. Here’s what else you can expect after surgery:

  • Your nose will be taped and splinted for one week.

  • Bruises typically occur under the eyes and last 7 to 14 days.

  • Dr. Apostolakis does not pack the nose. The internal structure of your nose will be sutured together. This means eliminating pain associated with packing and its removal.

  • You will be able to breathe through your nose post-surgery.

How To Care For Your Nose

A healthy diet post-surgery can help you heal faster. It’s best to eat soft fruits and vegetables as well as foods that are rich in proteins such as eggs or fish. If you are unsure about what foods you should avoid, consult your plastic surgeon beforehand. Staying hydrated is also important, so be sure to drink plenty of water.

Here are some other tips on caring for your nose after rhinoplasty:

  • Refrain from strenuous activities and exercises.

  • Take baths instead of showers when bandages are still present on your nose.

  • Avoid blowing your nose.

  • Brush your teeth gently.

  • Try to avoid making expressions that could put a strain on your face, such as laughing.

  • Avoid clothing that requires you to pull over your head. Try front fastening shirts instead.

Contact Dr. Apostolakis Today

Increase your confidence and feel beautiful! Learn more about rhinoplasty and other plastic surgery procedures that may be right for you. Contact our Austin plastic surgeon today at 512-481-7088 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Louis William Apostolakis.


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