In order to avoid excessive swelling in the nasal area, it is recommended to apply, over the next few days cool compresses. The timeframe for regression of the surgical swelling takes about 10-14 days, but the definitive result is only seen after several months.
Depending on the agreement with the surgeon you should refrain from intensive sports activities for about six weeks. From the fourth day you can shower with disinfectant soap solutions. However, a full bath should be avoided during the first three postoperative weeks. It’s also recommend not to visit the sauna within the first two months. For the best results, a renunciation of alcohol and nicotine during the first four weeks after the procedure is necessary.
Side effects which require attention
Should you have the following it is advised to seek medical assistance. Special risks include infections and healing disorders, bleeding, bruising and temporary emotional disorders. There is also the risk of asymmetries or over- or under-corrections. Due to the swollen nasal mucosa there is the possibility of restricted respiration or restriction of the sense of smell in the first few weeks after the procedure.
What side effects are to be expected in the first weeks after the nose surgery?
If the patient adheres to the instructions of their doctor and protects their nose, then the surgical wounds usually heals without complications. For the patient this means: abstaining from sports in the first two to three months – especially team and contact sports. Wearers of glasses should switch to contact lenses to avoid pressure sores on the nose. Sun, sauna, hot showers or anything that raises blood pressure must be avoided. This also includes strenuous physical work. In addition to swelling, which can persist for weeks, you may feel numbness in the new nose, often at the tip. The upper lip can also feel unusually stiff due to the changed anatomy. The facial expressions change and even when laughing the facial features can be under tension. It takes at least three months for the bones of the operated nose to stabilise.
When is the nose completely healed?
Any patient undergoing a nose job should be patient, it is quite normal for the puffiness to last for up to a year or even a year and a half. Only then does the nose tip finally sink into the desired position and the numbness feelings disappear completely. The final result of nasal surgery can only be assessed after twelve months or more. Patients who are not satisfied with the outcome of the operation and wish to have a follow-up correction must wait at least one year before the nose can be operated on again.