To achieve the best possible outcome, plastic surgery for the nose (rhinoplasty) should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience. For more than 20 years, patients in the Tampa, FL, area have been entrusting their rhinoplasty procedures and after care to Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery. With an emphasis on patient education and individualized guidance, Dr. Greenwald helps his patients make well-informed treatment decisions that they feel comfortable with and confident in.
If you’re considering plastic surgery for your nose, you might be wondering what you can expect during your recovery. Because individuals can vary widely with respect to their anatomies, aesthetic preferences, and healing capacities, Dr. Greenwald fully customizes each rhinoplasty procedure and set of post-surgical instructions to meet the needs of his patients.
In general, there are many factors that can influence a patient’s recovery from plastic surgery performed on the nose. These include:
- External splints – Nasal splints are used to help protect the nose, reduce swelling, and stabilize the bones as they heal. Of course, external splints are visible, and after they are removed (typically within a week), any swelling and bruising in the nasal area will be more apparent.
- Internal splints – If septal work is performed (e.g., to address a deviated septum), internal splints may be temporarily placed to help support the affected tissues during the first few weeks after surgery. While internal splints are generally not visible, they may affect breathing.
- Nasal packing – Nasal packs are sometimes used to help prevent post-surgical bleeding by compressing the skin and mucous membranes in the nasal septum. These packs can sometimes impair breathing through the nose and cause minor discomfort, but they are usually removed from the nose within a few days after plastic surgery.
- Surgical technique – If the nasal cartilage or bones are reshaped, some periorbital (under eye) bruising may occur, which can last for a few weeks. Some patients choose to cover their bruises with makeup or bronzers, or limit their social outings until the discoloration fades.
Even though your nose may look good and feel firm to your touch within a few weeks after plastic surgery, it is essential to keep protecting it until the healing process is complete. This includes refraining from participating in sports and other intense physical activities, as well as avoiding situations where crowds may be present, such as parties and other gatherings. Even a minor bump to your nose can lead to bleeding, the development of scar tissue, and an unintended final result.
Also, remember that your nose may remain numb for several months after plastic surgery, making it doubly important for you to avoid exposure to both sunlight and cold temperatures. Because your perception will be off, you may not realize when it’s time to get out of the sun or come in from the cold. As a result, your nasal skin could become damaged.
If you have questions about plastic surgery for your nose, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 877-873-7522 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenwald at our office in Tampa, FL.