Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery as it is more commonly called, involves the reshaping of the patient’s nasal structure for either cosmetic or medical reasons. In London, this type of medical procedure is performed by an ENT Surgeon (ear, nose, and throat specialist). The recovery process is gradual, often taking as long as a full year. The typical time for recovery generally falls between 9 and 12 months.
During the recovery process for rhinoplasty, the shape of the nose changes slowly as the swelling goes down and healing takes place. The modification to the nose is gradual, slowly incorporating the changes made by the ENT Surgeon during the procedure.
What Should a Patient Expect After Receiving Rhinoplasty?
Immediately after the nose-surgery procedure, the patient experiences mild to moderate discomfort. The pain is usually controlled with over-the-counter pain medication or simple pain killers. Generally, the patient experiences mild to moderate swelling around the nose and eyes for a period that can last as long as one to two weeks. Some bruising, centralized around the eyes and nose, also occurs.
Initially (the first two weeks), the patient’s nose develops a small amount of crusting. The nose also feels as though it is blocked and the ability to breathe through the nose may be slightly diminished during this time. A watery discharge tinged with blood is normal during the first two weeks after nose surgery has been performed by an ENT Surgeon.
During the first three months after receiving nose surgery, the nose will feel stiff and a bit numb. It will also be sensitive to sunlight, so sunscreen should be worn to prevent sunburn. The stitches received during rhinoplasty fall out on their own. Your London ENT Surgeon will provide a list detailing the side effects that patients can expect.
Should the Patient Avoid Certain Activities After Receiving Rhinoplasty?
Heavy lifting should be avoided for the first two weeks. Additionally, patients who have undergone nose surgery should avoid all types of strenuous activity during the first few weeks. Sports should be avoided for at least the first six weeks in order to avoid the risk of the nose getting bumped or knocked around.
Special care should be taken when blowing the nose during the first two weeks. Patients should blow the nose as gently as possible. If the patient needs to sneeze, he should do so with his mouth open to avoid unnecessary pressure on the nose.
ENT London is one of UK’s leading rhinoplasty clinics, and can be contacted on 0207 580 6970.