It may have stitches or staples in the cuts (incisions). The points inside the nose and mouth usually dissolve on their own. If you have staples, your doctor will remove them in the first week. A bandage will be put on to cover your nose. You may need to use a plastic or plaster splint for protection to help maintain the new shape of your nose. You may have a “nasal drip cloth” under your nostrils to collect any blood that may leak from your nose. Your doctor will teach you to change the pad when necessary. You may have dressings inside your nose to reduce bleeding and swelling.
You will have swelling and bruising on your nose, and you may have dark bruises around your eyes. The swelling may get worse before it starts to go down.
If bones were broken during surgery, you would need to avoid injuring your nose for about three months. In 3-4 weeks, you should have a complete idea of what your nose will look like. It could take a year to see the result.
- Rest when you feel fatigued. Getting enough sleep will help you recover.
- Keep your head up for several days after surgery. Sleep with your head elevated using 2 or 3 pillows.
- I tried to walk every day. Start walking a little more than you walked the day before. Gradually increasing distance.
- Ask your doctor when you can bend down.
- Don’t rub your nose for eight weeks. Wear sunscreen on your nose and wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor to avoid sunburn. Gently apply sunscreen or makeup.
- Do not swim for a week.
- If strips of tape have been put over your doctor’s incision, leave them for a week or until they fall off on their own. Or follow your doctor’s instructions to remove the tapes.