Before and after your rhinoplasty surgery

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Knowing what to expect before and after your rhinoplasty operation is essential for you to get the best possible results.

Please contact the practice if you have any concerns or questions before or after your surgery.

Before your operation

Our patients are seen on at least two occasions in the outpatient clinic prior to going ahead with surgery.  A thorough examination of the external and internal aspects of the nose is performed, to evaluate all of the anatomical parts of the nose. 


Detailed clinical photographs are always taken.  These photographs can be used for image morphing, to help with communication about the changes you want from your operation.

Subsequent visits are used for further discussion of your wishes, expectations and concerns, and to ensure that we agree about the aims and limitations of your operation.

Before surgery, any issues with your general health should be addressed, and any inflammation of the lining of the nasal cavity should be optimised.  If you smoke, you should stop before surgery takes place. 

After your operation

Rhinoplasty procedures are performed under a general anaesthetic (asleep).  After the operation you may go home the same day, or stay overnight in hospital to recover.

In the first few weeks after a rhinoplasty, the nose and face are often swollen, sometimes with visible bruising under the eyes.  Most of the swelling tends to resolve over two to three weeks, but some milder swelling of the nose may be present for up to a few months.  The nasal airway will feel congested, like having a heavy cold, and you will have some blood-stained nasal discharge, and occasionally small nosebleeds during the first few days.

You will be prescribed painkillers, decongestants, antibiotics, antibiotic cream, and sometimes other medications, to optimise your healing and make you more comfortable.  Take pain relief regularly for the first few days, and try to sleep propped up on extra pillows.  Your nasal dressing is removed about one week after the operation.  We use dissolvable skin stitches, so there is no need to worry about them being removed.

You should avoid heavy lifting or exercise for around two weeks, and refrain from contact sports for at least three months.