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Nose Reconstruction

(Rhinoplasty)

Procedure: Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems.(May be covered by insurance.)

Length: 1 to 2 hours or more.

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising around eyes, nose and headaches. Some bleeding and stiffness.

Risks: Infection. Small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots. Incomplete improvement, requiring additional surgery.

Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting nose or sunburn: 8 weeks. Final appearance: 1 year or more.

Duration of Results: Permanent.

Post Operative Instructions

SHOWER: Keep nasal splint dry
ICE: To eyes, 1st 8 hours until nighttime sleep or for “comfort”
ELEVATE: Head of Bed elevated 45 degrees
SNUFFER: Change snuffer PRN
Note amount and color of drainage
Serious to clear, thin drainage may be copious for several days
Thick, clots and dark red drainage needs to be reported to your physician.

Additional Instructions

Encourage patient to breathe through his/her mouth.
You or your family member will be instructed how to change snuffer.
Keep splint dry.  If becomes wet or loose-notify physician immediately.
Do not disturb packing – if begins to fall out or if patient feels packing in back of throat call physician.
Much bruising and swelling is normal around tyes.
Avoid bumping nose.
Avoid sneezing.  Your nose will expel nasal packs.  If necessary, sneezed with the mouth open.
Comfort measure – Always keep large ice water at bedside to drink in the middle of the night.  Throat becomes extremely dry when sleeping.
OK to use nasal decongestant (e.g. Sudafed) for comfort.
Avoid any products with aspirin.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (269) 372-3000