The last thing that you should pay attention to is the side effects that might appear after the operation. Here are several common side effects that you can expect to experience after you undergo the surgery and some rhinoplasty recovery tips for managing them.
Swelling and bruising are the most common side effects you may see after the surgery.
The number one and the most obvious side effect of rhinoplasty is the pain and discomfort. Your nose will hurt for the first 36 to 72 hours after the surgery. The nose will remain tender and sensitive to touch for up to three months. The amount of pain varies from patient to patient, but according to most patients, it’s mild to moderate. And your doctor will prescribe you medication to lessen the pain.
To achieve the best result, you must take care of rhinoplasty stitches following the surgery. You should keep external stitches clean and dry, while the dissolvable stitches will disappear within one or two weeks.
You can help the healing process by using hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment. Apply the hydrogen peroxide to the suture lines inside the nose once a day using a Q-tip. The antibiotic ointment should be applied to the nostrils and incision area twice a day.
During your healing period, keep the moisture in the air using a humidifier. Choose a bath instead of a shower to keep your nose dry. Cover your nose with a piece of plastic if you must take a shower.
If you experience persistent bleeding, redness, fever, infection, or other problems, contact your doctor immediately to address the issue.
If you are worried about persistent swelling, you can ease your mind because 90 percent of the swelling is usually gone within two to eight weeks. The crooked looking nose will also straighten out as the swelling slowly resolves. However, the swelling at the tip can take up to a year before it’s completely gone.
Bruising might look scary, but it is your body natural response to trauma. In the time when your body experiences trauma, the blood from damaged blood vessels beneath the skin will pool into the area and cause discoloration.
Here are the things that you can do to treat bruising.
- Have enough rest
- Keep your head elevated above chest level as much as you can especially while sleeping
- Use ice packs around your eyes but never directly on your nose
- Drink much water
- Have a low-sodium diet
- Avoid blood thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Avoid hot baths and showers
- Avoid smoking and drinking
It’s normal to have slight bleeding along with drainage of mucus and old blood for a few days after the surgery. For this reason, your doctor might suggest that you wear a drip pad under your nose to absorb this drainage. You should change the gauze as often as your doctor’s suggestion.
To lower the chances of bleeding, your doctor may suggest you certain nose surgery post-op instructions, like those mentioned in this article, such as avoiding strenuous activities, not blowing your nose, choosing bath over showers, etc.
6. Breathing problems
During your recovery period, there’s a chance that you experience breathing difficulty. This is a temporary problem and it’s because your nose is swollen. After the swelling goes away, your breathing will become normal. Otherwise, you should consult with a doctor to get a second opinion.
Following the surgery, expect numbness in the tip of the nose, upper front teeth, and the roof of the mouth. This is normal because nasal surgery usually causes temporary disruption of the nerves around the nose area.
The sensation will return slowly over several weeks. In some cases, it could take months. Consult your doctor in such cases.
Fever is also a common side effect of nose surgery. Usually, it’s on the category of low-grade fever (less than 101.5 F). The culprit is mild lung congestion. But don’t worry because everything should be resolved within the first or second day.
9. Lip dryness
One unexpected side effect of rhinoplasty patients is how dry their mouth gets. But it’s to be expected because, during the early days of recovery, the patients have to breathe exclusively through the mouth. This will cause the mouth and lips to be really dry.
Drinking a lot of water will help keep the mouth and throat moisturized. Also, use a good lip balm to prevent your lips from drying and cracking. Another thing that you can do is to use a humidifier to keep the air moist, especially in the winter.