Immediately upon completion of the surgery, a small splint is placed over the nose for approximately a week to help the nose retain its shape. A non-adhering gauze pad is also applied under the nose to absorb drainage and slight oozing of blood which normally occurs during the first 24 hours.
From the operating room, you will be transferred to a recovery room appointed with specially designed recliners and soft, warm blankets. During the few hours stay in recovery, a nurse will remain close-by and your vital signs will be routinely monitored to ensure both your safety and comfort. When your condition has stabilized, you will be released from the surgery center and permitted to return home. Because rhinoplasty is carried out under local or, in some cases, general anesthesia, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult, usually a friend or relative. And it is recommended that a companion remain with you for the first 24 hours. If you would feel more comfortable staying overnight at the surgery center's aftercare suite, round-the-clock nurses are available to monitor your well-being and assist you with your needs. Upon leaving the surgery center you will be given written post-operative instructions as well as the date of a follow-up office visit. It is important that you follow the post-op instructions and keep all scheduled office visits to ensure a complete and successful recovery.
In the first several days following nasal surgery, there may be some bruising and minor swelling, particularly near your eyes. To decrease swelling, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated. If possible, sleep in a recliner or use several pillows to prop yourself up in bed for the first few nights. Continued on the next page.