What happens when I have surgery?

It is very important that you are sure of the changes you are trying to make and that you explain these as fully as possible to your Cosmetic Surgeon - you will need to have realistic expectations, particularly with nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), and your Cosmetic Surgeon will tell you what is possible.


The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and possibly draw marks on your nose in preparation for your surgery. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will also obtain your final consent and answer any last minute questions you may have.

When you wake up from your anaesthetic you will have a splint over the bridge of your nose, possibly packs inside the nostrils and possibly ice packs over your eyes, to minimise bruising and swelling. If packs are inserted inside your nose, this will mean that you will have to mouth-breathe until they are removed the following morning. It is an uncomfortable time and we encourage you to drink plenty of fluids to help avoid a sore throat. Painkillers will be offered to you, however, the congested nasal feeling is more the reason for the discomfort. The packs will be removed prior to you going home and this will help to make your breathing a little easier.

Going home after nose reshaping surgery

There will be some numbness, bruising and swelling after the surgery but this will gradually resolve.

You will need to rest in a semi-upright position for the first few days - you may want to consider your sleep arrangements - and avoid bending down.

There may be some slight bleeding from your nostrils and this can be dabbed away with a tissue. We do not expect a heavy nosebleed - however, any heavy bleeding or other concerns should be reported promptly to your clinic.

Try to minimise blowing your nose for 2 weeks following surgery, as this can cause further bleeding and bruising.

Ice packs will help relieve bruising to the eyes.

The splint will be removed at the clinic after 7-10 days and you may return to work after this. Most of the bruising should have settled by then.

Patients who wear glasses may find these uncomfortable until the splint is removed. Contact lenses could well be impossible to insert or remove.

Whilst you will see an immediate improvement, the result will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months.It is advisable to refrain from going back to work for a 10 day period and avoiding contact/impact sports for 3-6 months.

You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from nose reshaping surgery

You will usually be required to spend the night in hospital following nose reshaping surgery and to wear a plaster dressing on the nose for one week to ten days after the procedure. Because most procedures are carried out from the inside of the nose, there should be no visible scarring but there is likely to be bruising and possibly some swelling to the nose itself and maybe to the eyes but this will settle after just a few days.

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