What Is Nose Surgery?
Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is performed for reconstructive or functional reasons due to due to malformation or nasal obstructions, or for cosmetic reasons. At your first consultation, the surgeon will examine all elements of your face (shape, age, structure, skin type, etc.) to determine the most appropriate technique for your nose surgery.
Functional or reconstructive nose surgery is very likely covered by your health insurance program. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
Avoid taking Aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before and one week after surgery, to keep bleeding to a minimum during and after the operation.
The day of the operation, wear comfortable clothing that is easy to put on. Do not wear makeup or jewelry. Any allergies should be mentioned to your doctor before surgery.
Any medications you are taking and whether you are a smoker should also be mentioned to your doctor before the operation. In fact, there’s a greater incidence of operating risk or poor healing among smokers than non-smokers.
Nose surgery is usually performed under local, twilight or general anesthesia.
After the operation, a wick is inserted into each nostril to stabilize the tissue and absorb any secretions. A splint will maintain the nose motionless over a period of five to ten days. This may be uncomfortable because you will need to breathe through the mouth.
The clinic stay for the procedure may vary from a few hours to a few days.
Nose surgery generally causes relatively little pain. Your surgeon will prescribe painkillers as needed. You should sleep with your head elevated for the first few days, in order to help reduce swelling around the eyelids and face. Cold water compresses can also be applied to the face during the first few hours.
Some bleeding and black and blue marks are normal and will fade within a few weeks after the operation. The nose may be cleaned delicately once the wick and splint are removed. You should not engage in any strong physical activity. You should keep your head upright as much as possible and avoid sleeping on a flat surface. Alcohol should also be avoided.
Once the splint is removed, you can wash your face, wash your hair, put on makeup and wear your contact lenses or your eyeglasses (if the frames are not too heavy).
Resume your normal activities gradually to keep swelling down, and avoid any trauma to the nose. A recently operated nose will be sensitive to sun and cold for several months.
While rare, some complications can arise following plastic or cosmetic surgery.
Here is a list of the complications that could occur:
Very Rare Complications