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The operation

Rhinoplastyis an operation to improve the function (breathing through the nose) and appearance of the nose. The nasal bones may need to be fractured to realign the nose. This leads to bruising. Humps and bumps may be removed or grafts utilised to fill in deflects. The septal cartilage between the two sides of the nose may need to be repositioned.

What to expect after the operation

  1. Nasal packing – often required to stop the bleeding. This is usually dissolvable so will not need to be removed.
  2. Plaster – a plaster will be placed on the nose to give support. It will not stop direct trauma such as a fist, so please take care of your nose.
  3. Black eyes – this will take several weeks to settle.
  4. Swelling over the nose – will usually settle in a few weeks, but may take months for the final appearance to be obvious.
  5. Pain – this is variable, but medication will be required.
  6. Scabs and crusts – will take 6 - 8 weeks to clear from the inside of the nose.

Discharge Instructions

  1. Avoid exercise – will increase swelling and may cause bleeding. Rest as much as possible.
  2. Avoid heat – will cause swelling and sweating under the plaster.
  3. Plan 1-2 weeks off work, or more if facial bruising will make your job difficult.
  4. Avoid blowing your nose for 5 days – then do it gently.
  5. Antibiotics may be given.
  6. Make an appointment to see Mr Grey one week after the operation. The plaster will be removed and the consultation is free.
  7. The morning following surgery you will be instructed to use Flo nasal irrigations. Please see discharge advice after nasal and sinus surgery. These should be performed 4 times per day.

*See discharge advice after nasal and sinus surgery.

If you have any concerns following discharge, please call our rooms on 9388 7474.


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