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[Lesson 2] How to take care after the Rhinoplasty(Nose Job) by JW Plastic Surgery Korea

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Post-Operative Instructions
by JW Plastic Surgery Korea

This information is about how to take care after the Rhinoplasty(Nose Job) from
JW Plastic Surgery Korea

  • Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest after rhinoplasty.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed from JW Plastic Surgery Korea after Rhinoplasty(Nose Job).
    Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications after Rhinoplasty.
  • Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.


  • Start to walk as soon as possible after the rhinoplasty,
    this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. (But do not run or do any kinds of hard exercise)
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
  • You can Return to work in 1-2 weeks after the Rhinoplasty(Nose Job)
  • Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 2-3 weeks.
  • Avoid body contact sports, hitting or rubbing your nose, and sunburn for 2 months after the Rhinoplasty(Nose Job).

Incision Care

  • Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
  • Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
  • Keep steri-strips on.
  • Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • Stay in bed with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom) for the first day.
  • Cold compresses will reduce swelling.
  • Do not shampoo your hair until nose splint is removed, or ask for special instructions (We shampoo your hair from JW Plastic Surgery Korea after the Rhinoplasty(Nose Job) when you come in for Treatments
  • Avoid blowing your nose for 1 week after the Rhinoplasty(Nose Job).
  • Be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics (No Pressures!).
  • Do not use facial make-up on external incisions until advised by surgeon.
  • Contact lenses can be worn as soon as you feel like it, but glasses cannot be worn until your nose is completely healed (approximately 2 months). After your nose splint is removed, tape your glasses to your forehead or prop them on your cheeks until completely healed.

What To Expect

  • You may be up and about in 2 days, but it will be several weeks before you are entirely up to speed.
  • Feeling depressed is normal.
  • After surgery, particularly during the first 24 hours, your face will feel puffy.
  • A small amount of bleeding is common during the first few days.
  • A splint is applied immediately after surgery for 7 days. Nasal packs may also be used.
  • Minimal postoperative pain.
  • Your nose may ache and you may have a dull headache.
  • Temporary swelling and bruising around eyes and nose will increase at first and peak after 2 or 3 days. Most swelling and bruising should disappear within 2 weeks. Some subtle swelling (noticeable only to you) will remain for several months.
  • Healing is a slow and gradual process.
  • Some numbness may be present around the operative areas.
  • Black eyes and swollen nose and eyelids for 7-14 days.
  • You may experience some discomfort with breathing.
  • Swollen nasal tissues may cause nose to seem "stuffed up" for several weeks..


  • New nose looks better in 2-3 weeks and usually continues to improve for many months.
  • Nasal tip drops to its permanent position in 3-6 months.
  • Final results may not be apparent for a year or more.

Follow-Up Care

  • If you have nasal packing, it will be removed after a few days.
  • If nostrils are narrowed, sutures are removed in 3 days. All other sutures either dissolve or are removed within 14 days.
  • Frequent follow-up visits should be scheduled.

When To Call

  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
  • If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
  • If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have loss of feeling or motion.
  • If you have a nosebleed or any unusual symptoms.

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