After rhinoplasty, and particularly during the first twenty-four hours, your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache. You can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy. Plan on staying in bed with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom) for the first day.
The swelling and bruising around your eyes will increase at first but will reach a peak after two or three days. Applying cold compresses will help reduce this swelling and will help you feel better. Within about two weeks, most of the swelling and bruising should disappear. (Some subtle swelling – unnoticeable to anyone but you and Dr. Lesavoy – will remain for several months.)
A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks. Dr. Lesavoy will probably ask you not to blow your nose for a week or so, while the tissues heal.
Nasal packing will be removed after a few days and will allow you to feel much more comfortable. After one or two weeks, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed.
A splint made of tape and an overlay of plastic, metal, or plaster will then be applied to help the bone and cartilage of the nose maintain their new shape.