You are going to have a rhinoplasty and you are really worried? You do not know how to prepare yourself for your operation? You have had your operation but you do not know what is normal and what is not after your rhinoplasty? You look in Google and you do not know how much is true and how much is false about the postoperative symptoms of your rhinoplasty? Don’t worry! This is what our doctors advise.
- Preparatory precautions:do not go sunbathing or have UVA sessions, depilation, etc.; any kind of treatment which is aggressive for your skin should be avoided from 7 days before your operation until a month after it.
- Hair up: go for your operation with your hair as tightly controlled as possible. If you can and if you are used to doing so, depilate your nostrils at least a week before surgery. Alternatively, use small scissors to cut the hairs in your nostrils as best you can the day before the operation.
- Men:Do not forget to shave off your beard and moustache as the hairs can harbor germs which are difficult to eliminate.
Gauze under your nose:
You may have a gauze under your nose, held in place by adhesive tape to make the natural postoperative nasal secretions more comfortable. You should change this when needed. It is very easy to do and only needs to be done until the nostril plugs are removed.
In the immediately postoperative period you may have bruising of your eyelids, above all on the day after the operation. We recommend applying Angiogel® ointment to the bruises 4 to 6 times a day, carefully removing the residue with a damp compress before the next application.
Do not be alarmed if on the day of the operation or the day after you have a moderate fever (less than 38°C). All surgical operations involve stress and physical aggression which can cause this fever. It is of no clinical significance and will go away spontaneously in a couple of days. Call your doctor if it goes above 38°C.
During your first postoperative appointment, 24-48 hours after your operation, the anatomic permeable sponge nose plugs will almost certainly be removed painlessly. Until that time, if you have external stitches, try to keep them perfectly clean and free from blood clots. To do this you can use cotton swabs moistened with sterile physiological serum or boiled water. Then we recommend you apply a drop of iodine or hydrogen peroxide.
Nasal dorsum protector:
This is the kind of covering or plaster which protects your nose after your operation. It will be removed from 5 to 7 days after surgery. After removal we advise you to use it for protection while sleeping for 2-3 weeks (in case you turn over brusquely and give your nose a knock or you accidentally squash your face against the pillow).
It is normal that once the ferule (the nasal dorsum protector) and adhesive plasters are removed from the skin of your nose it will feel more sensitive, dry, or even flaky for a while. You can apply a high quality moisturizing cream to the area 3 or 4 times a day.
Protection from the sun:
After your operation the area around your nose becomes more sensitive to external agents such as the sun which can cause sunburn. Always apply maximum filter sunscreen before going outside.
If you have any doubts which are not included in this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will be very happy to answer them and add them to this article in order to help others with the same problems.