State of the Art Nose Surgery by Harold Clavin, M.D., F.A.C.S.-
Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Welcome to Cosmetic Surgery, Rhinoplasty, Nose Surgery
Welcome to Cosmetic Surgery, Rhinoplasty, Nose Surgery

1. Patients go home from Dr. Clavin's office with no packing in their nose. This allows the patient to be much more comfortable during the first post operative week.
2. You can expect drainage and some blood coming from the nostrils during the first week after nose surgery, particularly the first 24 hours. Change the gauze dressing under your nose every hour if necessary. After 24 hours, this dressing may be discarded.
3. It is very important to keep your nostrils clean, blood free and moist. This is done by immediately cleaning the nostrils after the gauze dressing is removed from under the nose. Clean the nostrils with a Q-tip and Vaseline, mineral oil, or even peroxide. Spray your nose regularly with Ayr or Ocean Solution and use an ultrasonic humidifier every night.
4. The splint and tape on top of your nose usually remain in place for 6 days following rhinoplasty.
5. Avoid blowing your nose for 7 days after nose surgery.
6. You can expect swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose for about one week after nose surgery. This can be minimized by using a washcloth or gauze sponges soaked in ice water, wrung out well and applied over eyes for the firs 24 hours following rhinoplasty. Cold compress masks are also available at most drugstores.
7. Avoid exercise, bending ,straining, stooping, or lifting any heavy objects for one week following rhinoplasty. Otherwise, bleeding my start from the nose.
8. It is best to rest and sleep with your head elevated on at least two pillows.
9. Some numbness may be noted in the upper lip and over the tip of the nose for a period of three months following nose surgery.
10. It may take as long as one year for all the swelling to recede around the nose, particularly the tip to disappear, however, your nose will look immediately improved in appearance when the splint is removed.
11. Avoid resting heavy glasses on the nose for three weeks following rhinoplasty. Use tape to support heavy glasses from your forehead.
12. Avoid contact sports or other activities that my result in trauma to the nose for six weeks.
13. Plan to take 3 to 7 days off from work or school.
14. Patients may take showers starting the day after nose surgery. You may wash your hair and face as usual. However, be careful around the nasal area. Try to get the least amount of water possible on the splint.
15. Very occasionally, a secondary minor rhinoplasty operation may be indicated for additional corrections. This is never considered until one year following initial nose surgery. Costs involved are handled at reduced rates.