Rhinoplasty ranks among the top three surgical procedures within Australia, based on a study by the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). This type of cosmetic surgery, also known as a nose job, seems to be a favorite among Australians, as well as eyelid surgery and breast augmentation.
Although a nose job is normally a very simple procedure, which can be concluded within a few hours, you would normally have an extended recovery phase. This recovery phase, if not handled properly, can undo the beneficial aspects youought to achieve from surgery.
To ensure the best results, you need to be well-informed on what happens during the recovery phase and what you should do and not do:
I. You'll Come From Surgery With A Nasal Bandage
The moment you get out of surgery, you will always have some form of covering on your nose. This may either be a nasal bandage or surgical splints. At this time, your nose would be quite precise, following the surgical incision; hence, requires support. Such coverage is also useful in maintaining the framework of your nose.
ii. Slight Bleeding During Recovery Is Normal
Even if surgery goes smoothly, you will still experience some bleeding during recovery. This would normally last for a few weeks, usually accompanied by a stuffy nose. Here, you would be provided with nasal packing to control such bleeding. Of course, if you do experience excessive bleeding, you must quickly check back with your surgeon.
iii. Inflammation Is A Normal Thing
You should not expect to see the results of surgery as soon as you leave the operating table, especially since your nose would have some inflammation or even bruising. Fortunately, this would subside after just a few days or two weeks in certain cases.
The duration within which any swelling would subside would have been influenced by the type of surgical technique used. If your operation involved the closed technique, you can expect swelling to disappear after only two weeks. On the other hand, a period of four weeks would be required for any swelling to subside if you had the open surgery technique.
iv. Whether You Have A Visible Scar Or Not Depends On The Technique Used In Surgery
Your surgeon would be the best person to decide what type of surgery technique you require, even if you may have a preference for one technique over the other. Such preference may be because one technique (open technique) produces a tiny but visible scar on your nose, while another (the closed technique) produces no visible scar.
Another trait that differs between the closed and open techniques is how stitches used in surgery are removed. With the closed technique, you can expect your stitches to dissolve naturally within one week. This is not the case with the open technique, wherey such stitches must be physically removed by your surgeon.
v. Pain Or Discomfort Is not A Sign Of An Abnormality
Feeling a bit of pain and some discomfort is a natural occurrence that you can expect during recovery. Fortunately, you would have pain relieving medication to help you cope with it. Moreover, such pain or discomfort would only last for a period of 5 to 10 days.