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Care After Nose Surgery

Below, you'll find extensive information about care after nose surgery including general directions, actions, incisions care, and when to call the doctor.

General Directions

  • Ask somebody to drive you back home after nose surgery and assist you at home for a few days.
  • Rest a lot.
  • Have a healthy food.
  • Decreased any movements that encourage constipation, so you should add more raw fruit to your food, and be sure to drink a lot of water.
  • Follow pain medication as prescribed from the doctor.
  • Don’t take aspirin or any food or medicine that containing aspirin.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for three weeks because it can cause water retention.
  • Don’t smoke because smoking can delay curing.


  • You should start to walk as soon as you can. This can help decrease swelling and the possibility of blood clots.
  • Don’t drive while taking any pain medications such as narcotics.
  • You can go back to work in one to two weeks.
  • Avoid activities that can increase your blood pressure for a few weeks.
  • Avoid hitting or contacting your nose, and sunburn for two months.

Incision Care

  • You can take a shower 2 days after the drainage tubes have been removed.
  • Don’t exposing your scars to the sun for at least twelve months.
  • Frequently use a strong sun block.
  • Always use steri-strips.
  • Make sure that incisions clean and check them every day for the signs of infection.
  • Sleep with your head elevated on the first day.
  • You can reduce swelling by using cold compresses.
  • Wait until nose splint is removed before shampoo your hair.
  • Try not blowing your nose for one week.
  • Washing your hair and face gently.
  • You can wear contact lenses when you feel that it’s ok, but don’t wear glasses until your nose is absolutely healed (around two months).


  • New nose looks better in a few weeks.
  • Nasal tip will drop to its permanent position in three to six months.
  • It will take one year or more for the final results to not be apparent.

When To Call Doctors

  • When swelling or bruising have increased.
  • When swelling and redness continue after 2-3 days.
  • When redness increase along the incision.
  • When severe or increased pain are not cured by medication.
  • When there are side effects such as headache, rash, vomiting, and nausea.
  • When your temperature is over 100.4 degrees.
  • When you see greenish or yellowish drainage from the incisions or smell an unclean odor.
  • When the incisions are bleeding and cannot control
  • When you lose your feeling or motion.
  • When you have any extraordinary symptoms.



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