Directly following your surgery, your nose will feel very stuffy, but you will need to remember there is absolutely no nose blowing allowed. Occasionally a patient will have a headache for the first night or two. You will need to keep your head elevated for about 10 days while you sleep. Ice packs or cool compresses will help considerably with your comfort and swelling.
Until the nasal splints are removed, you will need to breath through your mouth, which will likely become quite dry. Sucking on lemon drops and drinking extra fluids will help. These conditions usually diminish within the first week following surgery. Contact lenses or glasses are difficult for the first week or so following surgery.
You can expect to return to a normal routine within about one week, and regular exercise in 3-6 weeks. If you’re involved in sports, you will need to protect your nose for a minimum of eight weeks.
In most cases, the results of rhinoplasty are immediately visible once the splint is removed. Splints usually come off at about 10 days on the outside and 14 days on the inside. Remember that your nose will still be swollen after the splint is removed, and the shape will continue to refine slightly over the next year.
Dr. Larsen’s patients often feel more self-confident and happy about their appearance once they see their final results. Even subtle changes to the structure of the nose have provided men and women with life-changing benefits. The results of your surgery should be long-lasting and may be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Cost of Rhinoplasty:
Rhinoplasty cost varies depending on the patient’s desired outcomes and the procedures necessary to produce those outcomes. Typically, the cost of rhinoplasty at Buckhead Plastic Surgery starts at $11,000. Dr. Larsen will consult with you to determine what results you’d like to see and the best way to achieve them.