Following your revision rhinoplasty procedure with Dr. Morin, you will probably be eager to see the results. However, as you experienced with your primary rhinoplasty, it will take time to heal. Because a revision rhinoplasty usually involves specific reconstructive techniques and can be highly complex, it is important to note that your recovery period may differ from your primary nose surgery.
What to Expect after Your Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure
Immediately following your revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Morin will apply a splint to cover the nose and may use soft packing, depending on the work that was done. Packing is typically removed within 24 hours and the split will be removed around day 7 post-procedure.
Patients can expect to experience some swelling and bruising, which will subside usually within a week. Rhinoplasty Timeline Photographs. To minimize swelling, cold packs can be applied to the nose for a short period of time: however it is important to use a lightweight and malleable cold pack so that pressure on the nose is avoided. It is normal for a patient to report feeling congested or stuffy for a day or two.
Generally, patients can return to work and their normal schedules within one to two weeks of a surgery. Prior to your revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Morin will discuss your expected downtime and specific post-procedure instructions based on the details of your case.
Here are some tips to promote healing and reduce the chances of adverse side effects:
- Sleep on your back with your the head elevated.
- Stays hydrated and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Do not smoke for at least a month before and after surgery–and consider quitting for good.
- Avoid direct sunlight for 1 year. Tanning or burning can lead to permanent discoloration.
- Stop taking anti inflammatory drugs for two weeks prior to and for a surgeon-specified time post-procedure.
- Avoid certain sports and strenuous exercise until advised the activity is safe.
After about a month, you should be significantly recovered, with no obvious evidence of your nose surgery. However, it will take up to a year to see final results. If tip work was considerable, it may take longer than a year for the nose to settle into its final form.
During the initial stages of recovery, it is important to communicate with Dr. Morin if you notice any unusual side effects, such as bleeding, prolonged numbness or abnormal breathing.