Practical Guidelines Close Rhinoplasty
Clean the surgical wound by using a cotton bud dipped in saline dabbing over the wound 2 times a day (morning and evening). Do not spin the cotton bud. Keep cleaning repeatedly until the wound is clean and make sure that there are no blood stains. (The wound is normally bleeding in the first 1-3 days.)
Apply cold compress in the first 1-4 days after the surgery, then apply warm compress until the swelling subsides.
– Sleep with the head elevated at 45 degrees for 5-7 days. Patients should lie on the back. In case of lying on the side, patients must use a neck pillow for 1 month.
An appointment would be made to stitch off in 2 weeks after the surgery. (In case of absorbable sutures, patients must keep cleaning the wound until the sutures are totally absorbed.)
The soft splint can be removed in 3-5 days after the surgery. Patient should gently wipe using saline and peel it off.
Keep the wound away from water for 2 weeks. Patients can wash the face using saline or toner instead of water. Face lotions can be applied normally.
Abstain from smoking for 1 month.
Avoid exercising for 1 month. (3 months for swimming and diving)
DO NOT twist the nose for 6 months.
Abstain from injurious food, seafood, preserved food, spicy food, high sodium food and alcoholic beverages for 1 month.
An appointment would be made to follow up every 1 month / 3 months / 6 months / 1 year after the surgery.
The nose shape will be clearly seen after 1 month onward and be in a perfect shape within 3-6 months.