What is the normal postoperative course?
Most patients have swelling and bruising of the eyelids following surgery which usually resolves within a fortnight. The nasal pack is normally removed within 24 to 48 hours following surgery and patients are discharged home with instructions regarding care of the plaster and cleaning of the nostrils.
If there are any external sutures they are removed around the fifth postoperative day. The plaster is removed seven to ten days following surgery and a follow-up appointment is arranged approximately four weeks later.
How much time do I need off work?
Most patients able to return to work two weeks following the operation.
What are the complications of this procedure?
Like any other operation rhinoplasty can result in complications such as bleeding, haematoma (blood clot under the skin), infection and a scar inside the nose. Your surgeon will discuss specific complications that can arise from rhinoplasty following your examination. Approximately 5% of patients who undergo rhinoplasty require a small secondary revision procedure for minor irregularities of bone or cartilage. This is usually undertaken a year after the first procedure if required.