What Can Patients Expect After Revision Rhinoplasty?

After surgery, a small cast is placed on the bridge of the nose. This is removed on the sixth or seventh day after surgery.

Patients should rest and relax immediately after surgery, and maintain a bland diet for the first 12 hours. Patients may also be instructed to

  • Avoid a high-salt diet. Keeping sodium intake under 2000 mg/day helps minimize swelling.
  • Keep the head elevated 30 degrees with pillows to help reduce swelling.
  • Use nasal saline rinses regularly to keep nasal airway clear. Avoid nose-blowing.
  • Clean the incision site(s) with hydrogen peroxide and apply antibiotic ointment twice per day.
  • Apply an ice pack (covered with a towel) to your eyes and cheeks for 10 minutes per hour for 48 hours to help reduce swelling.
  • Use Tylenol or over-the-counter medications for pain.