Rhinoplasty Post-Op Care Patient Q&A

Here are frequently asked questions and answers for patients of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery following rhinoplasty:

Q: How long before my surgeon removes the splint from my nose?

A: The external splint is typically removed in 10-14 days.

Q: How long before I can blow my nose?

A: Typically 1 month.

Q: How long before my swelling is gone?

A: Rhinoplasty surgery is one that requires patience. Swelling will dramatically improve within the first month, but it can truly take up to 6-9 months for the final result to be visible.

Q: The tip of my nose seems high, is this normal?

A: Yes. The tip is purposely made higher as your surgeon anticipates that it will drop in the first month.

Q: May I use Afrin or other nasal sprays if I feel congested?

A: No! These nasal sprays CANNOT be used until cleared by your surgeon. Saline nasal sprays are usually okay to use by 2 weeks after surgery, but Afrin should typically not be used until 4 weeks after surgery. Always ask your surgeon first before using these products.

Q: How long does it take for bruising to resolve?

A: Bruising takes about 2-3 full weeks to completely resolve. After about 6-7 days, the bruising will turn from a purplish color to a more green/yellow; this will then fade by 2-3 weeks.