After surgery, your doctor may place a plastic or metal splint on your nose. The splint will help your nose retain its new shape while it heals.
Once the surgery is complete, you may be instructed to wear a plastic or metal splint on your nose for up to a week. This is done so as to help your nose retain its new shape and heal properly.
You’ll be monitored in a recovery room for at least a few hours after surgery and if everything is okay, you’ll be able to leave the same day. In some cases, you might have to stay in the hospital for one night.
You may have a few side effects and complications for a short while after the surgery. These include soreness, swelling, bruising – particularly around your eyes, and headaches. Your face will also feel puffy, and your doctor might prescribe pain medication and nose spray.
After surgery, you might experience drainage, excess fluid that leaks from the surgical site. A drip pad can be used to absorb the drainage. Your nurse or doctor will tell you how often to change your drip pad.
Your doctor will tell you not to do a variety of activities after your surgery. You’ll need to avoid the following for a few weeks:
- intensive exercise or contact sports
- extreme facial expressions (smiling or laughing)
- resting eyeglasses on your nose
- blowing your nose
- exposure to sunlight
For most people, the typical recovery time following nose surgery is about 6 weeks. Most patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks, depending on activity level, orthodontic care, and occupation.