Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day case, or more commonly with an overnight stay.
A splint is worn on your nose for 1-2 weeks and patients usually take this period off work.
Internal splints are also placed and these usually come out after one week. In the immediate pre- and post-operative period you will be required to flush the nose with normal saline and potentially use some anti-inflammatory creams. A detailed information pack of what you are required to do will be given to you before your surgery.
If there is any dripping or bleeding from the nose (may last up to 2 weeks) this is to be wiped only and we request that you don’t blow your nose for the first week after surgery. External stitches are removed at around five to seven days post op. Bruising is variable and most of the bruising subsides in about 3-4 weeks. Most patients report little pain after nasal surgery and the discomfort is easily controlled with simple pain medication.
While some results will be seen when the cast is removed and in the weeks that follow, it takes about a year before the final result can be fully appreciated.
After your surgery you will be advised to take a number of precautions:
Nasal appearance may change as the result of aging, sun exposure, or other unexpected circumstances and these are not related to rhinoplasty.
If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.