Discomfort and pain should begin to subside within 72 hours after surgery. If a significant increase in pain is noted after this period of time, the surgeon should be contacted.
Bruising and swelling are not unusual after surgery. These symptoms often get worse on the second day after surgery and then steadily improve afterward; this is normal.
Expect some bloody nasal discharge after any nasal surgery. Usually, at the end of the surgery, light tape and a plastic nasal dressing are placed on the outside under the nose , and plastic splints are placed on the inside. Expect that during the first 24-48 hours, this dressing will be changed several times.
If only septoplasty and / or nasal tip surgery has been performed, the external dressing may be omitted.
Remove the internal nasal splint and dressings
- The internal splints and plastic dressing are removed 5 to 7 days after surgery.
- Both internal and external nasal dressings are removed in 5-7 days after surgery.
- Nasal congestion is the most annoying problem that usually occurs after surgery.
It is most stressful in the first week after surgery and improves significantly once the internal nasal splints are removed.
The numbness in the tip of the nose , upper front teeth or the palate after surgery is expected because nasal surgery typically causes a temporary interruption of some of the nerves in the area. The sensitivity will generally return slowly over a period of several weeks and, rarely, months.
A temporary decrease or alteration in the sense of smell or taste is common after surgery. This is, again, secondary to the interruption of some nerves in the nose during surgery.
It is very important to be aware of the fact that the swelling from surgery will temporarily make the nose appear wider and the tip higher and less refined than intended.
All swelling in the nose will improve greatly in the first few weeks after surgery. Patients who have had only septum surgery usually do not have any significant swelling on the outside of the nose.
Can I smoke after a rhinoplasty operation?
A common concern of patients who come to the clinic is the effect that tobacco can have after an operation . And it is not for less, because we know that this widespread habit is very harmful to health.
How does tobacco affect our body before an operation?
The nicotine in tobacco causes a constriction in the blood capillaries . What does it mean? Well, simply because because of this there is a difficulty for nutrients and oxygen to reach the area that has been intervened. In addition, rhinoplasty scars will take longer to heal , even causing necrosis in extreme cases.
For how long is it advisable to stop smoking after a rhinoplasty?
The ideal for the postoperative to run its course properly is that, for at least 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after surgery, do not use tobacco. When performing a rhinoplasty operation at the cosmetic surgery clinic we seek the best possible results, so we recommend that you follow this restriction.
This would take a total of 6 weeks without smoking , something that can be difficult for more than one smoker. However, taking into account that in this case it can help to recover earlier, it would be advisable to make the effort. Also, who knows, you may be able to eliminate this bad habit from your life after this time.