Rhinoplasty Procedure: Day Of and Recovery

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some basic preparation themes to be thinking about leading up to a rhinoplasty procedure. For any nose surgery or related procedure, there will typically be just a few basic things you should be doing to ensure that you’re ready for the procedure and it goes as smoothly as possible. 

At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we’re here to offer the best rhinoplasty services you’ll find in Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, this in addition to our body sculpting, breast implants and other forms of cosmetic surgery. While part one of our series focused on the lead-up to rhinoplasty, today’s part two will look at the day of the procedure itself, plus some simple tips for recovery in the immediate aftermath. 

Day of Surgery

A few general tips for the day of your rhinoplasty surgery:

  • No food or drink: Generally, you’ll be advised not to eat or drink anything the night before your surgery, and not to eat or drink anything at all on the day of. If you’ve taken medications that require food, check with your doctor first.
  • Wear comfortable clothing: Be sure to wear loose-fitting clothes without constricting bands, zippers, buttons or other items that may be uncomfortable during recovery.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home: You should leave any jewelry or valuables at home, as you won’t be allowed to wear them during the procedure.
  • Avoid makeup: If you normally wear makeup as part of your daily routine, you’ll need to remove it before your rhinoplasty procedure and leave it off throughout your recovery.

Recovery Tips 

Like any medical procedure, there’s some basic advice that will help ensure a smooth process of recovery following rhinoplasty. Here are some general guidelines: 

  • Rest: While you can expect to feel tired for the first day or two, it’s important to get adequate rest. Your body needs time to heal and rest is one of the best ways to facilitate this process.
  • Blowing nose: Do not blow your nose in any strenuous way for the first two weeks after your procedure. 
  • Ice: Apply cold compresses or ice packs to help reduce swelling, especially within the first few days.
  • Saline spray: One valuable tool during the recovery process is a saline spray, which helps keep your nasal passages moist and may minimize any post-operative congestion.
  • Pain medication: Your doctor may prescribe some pain medications to get you through the first few days. Be sure to take these as directed and avoid taking any over-the-counter drugs that could interfere with their effects. 
  • Nasal cast: You will in all likelihood need to wear a nasal cast for the first week after surgery, both to help keep swelling down and provide some stability to your nose while it heals. Be sure not to remove this without consulting with your doctor first. 
  • Follow-up appointments: It’s important that you attend any follow-up appointments as instructed by your doctor. This is so they can check on the healing process and make sure that everything is looking the way it should. 

These are just some general tips for a successful recovery after rhinoplasty, but your doctor may provide you with additional instructions as needed. Ultimately, listening to your doctor’s advice will be key to a swift and successful return to normal life post-surgery. 

At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we offer excellent rhinoplasty services to help get you the look and feel that you’re after. With our experienced staff of medical professionals, we’ll provide you with the best care possible from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more.