Immediately following surgery, packing will be inserted inside the nose, and a splint or cast will be placed around it to maintain its new shape and protect the nose from being accidentally bumped. Dr. Torgerson will prescribe pain medication to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible, as well as antibiotics to guard against infection. The framework of a nose is made up of tiny bones, cartilage, and membranes. They are so delicate that the manipulation and alteration of surgery will cause swelling. Rhinoplasty patients can also expect to have bruising around the eyes, cheeks, and nose. The most swelling will occur during the first 3 to 4 days, but Dr. Torgerson will leave the splint on for 1 week. Cool compresses applied gently during this period may help to reduce swelling. Swelling and bruising will continue to dissipate over the coming days.
If you are concerned that some of the symptoms you are experiencing are abnormal, the doctor gives all patients his personal cell phone number. He wants to alleviate their fears and ensure that their post-op recovery is a positive experience.
The healing process is aided when patients keep their heads as still as possible and minimize movement. Physical activities such as sports and working out at the gym are not advised for several weeks up to a least 1 month post-op. Elevating your head while sleeping is necessary for at least 1 week, but preferably several weeks, as this will reduce blood flow to the head and the risk of excess bleeding. Depending on the type of nose surgery, eyeglasses may not be worn for several weeks.