10 Recovery Tips After Nasal Surgery


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Nasal surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is a common surgical procedure that can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. If you are scheduled to have nasal surgery, or if you have recently had the procedure, it is important to know how to properly care for your nose during the recovery period. Here are 10 tips for recovering from nasal surgery.

1. Lip Balm

Chances are you are going to have some dry lips. Keep vaseline, lip-balm or chapsticks on hand to keep those puckers well moisturised and prevent cracking.

2. U-shaped travel neck pillow

Surgeons have different opinions on how long patients should sleep upright. A few nights is probably enough. A nice comfy U-shaped neck travel pillow should make sleeping upright a little easier.

3. Prunes, laxatives or stool softeners

Operations cause constipation. It is better to prevent constipation than to treat severe problems.

4. Entertainment

Movie or Series streaming, or a good book. Netflix, Stan, AppleTV – whatever. Have some entertainment planned for your recovery.

5. Hydration

Straws and a water bottle – stay well hydrated, especially as you’ll be mouth-breathing a lot. Pretty self-explanatory really.  Drinking out of a straw is much easier during the immediate post-op recovery phase and you are going to want to keep those fluids up, so have plenty of water on hand.

6. Saline irrigation

  • I will send you home with a Saline irrigation bottle to wash out crusts and scabs, a spray and ointment 3 times a day, 5 minutes after using the Decongestant nasal spray.
  • It is OK to blow your nose – in fact, I recommend it for comfort.
  • If the cast gets a bit wet it is OK – if it gets soaked it might fall off too early.
  • Then Chlorsig eye ointment INTO your nose, to soften the crusts.

7. Pain medication

  • I will send you home with Celebrex, to take morning and night. It is an NSAID, a long-acting painkiller. (like Nurofen and Naprogesic, but does not cause bleeding)
  • Panadol – take 2 tablets regularly and Endone (very strong) – to take if needed. 
  • Snoring surgery and tonsillectomy patients also have a Norspan patch, and a spare to change on day 6.

8. Pre-prepared meals

  • Organise a week’s worth of food before your surgery. Pick foods that are soft and easy to eat.
  • Fast snacks are great to keep on hand so you don’t have to take your medication on an empty stomach.
  • Better still –  stay with your mum/wife/significant other – flatmates aren’t much help.

9. Moisturising face wipes

The post-Rhinoplasty splint and even post-op dressings are going to make washing your face difficult. Moisturising cleansing wipes will have to be the next best thing for cleaning your face.

The “bolster” under your nose is just needed for the first few days.

10. Facial bruising after Rhinoplasty

Lasonil, Hirudoid or Arnica cream – help speed up the resolution of post-operative bruising.

The good news on the road to recovery

Recovery after nasal surgery can be difficult, so hopefully, these tips help. There are many things you can do to make the process easier. Make sure to download our recovery guide for more detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after nasal surgery. And if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help!

Why Choose Dr Kleid for Rhinoplasty?

Dr Stephen Kleid
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.

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