17 Jan, 2022

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. It aims to improve the shape or appearance of the nose and repair functional problems. It requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.

Rhinoplasty pre-instructions:

  • One month prior to the surgery: stop smoking and avoid medication that is intended to increase blood liquidity, such as aspirin.
  • One week prior to the surgery: a blood test is required to ensure readiness.
  • One day prior to the surgery: stop eating and drinking at the time set by your doctor.
  • On the day of the surgery: avoid using any cream or cosmetic product on your face.

Expected results:

Expected results do not appear immediately after the surgery or in the following days – they take longer and appear gradually. At first, some swelling may appear, and it is normal to feel some pain which will gradually ease after 48 hours. Most sinus surgeries are one-day operations, and gauze sponge packing is normally removed one or two days after the operation. After two or three weeks of the surgery, bruising and swelling are significantly reduced, and nasal functions will slowly return back to normal.

Post-operation instructions:

  • Silicon props are used inside the nose for deviated septum surgery, as well as gauze sponge packing to absorb running blood. Gauze bandages are regularly changed
  • Ensure that medical adhesive stays in place and that the bandage is changed periodically
  • Refrain from blowing your nose for at least one week after the operation
  • Avoid all injuries, small or big
  • Do not wear glasses for four to six weeks
  • Sleep horizontally on your back with your head mounted on more than one pillow to avoid any bleeding
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin for two weeks before and after surgery
  • Do not lean forward, such as when praying. Instead, pray while being seated to minimize swelling and bleeding
  • Take painkillers regularly, as instructed by your doctor
  • Stay hydrated and eat as healthily as possible
  • Rest at home for a week
  • Use cold compresses on your forehead, cheeks and eye sockets. Avoiding using them directly on your nose.
  • Avoid solid foods that need a lot of chewing
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Do not scratch your nose at all, even after removing the bandage
  • Avoid engaging in strenuous activities