Seattle What can I expect after nose surgery? Jeff I.

Hi Jeff, after a rhinoplasty, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery and it begin to improve after the third day. It can, though, last up to two weeks. There will be a mild to moderate amount of pain and discomfort associated with the surgery. This should be easily controlled with oral medications. Expect your nose to have a little bruising and swelling.  This will go away over the next six months. These symptoms often worsen on the second day following surgery and then steadily improve thereafter; this is normal. The amount of bruising that occurs varies significantly from one person to the next. Most swelling occurs around the eyes, but some bruising may track down and discolor the cheek area. If only the septum and/or nasal tip are operated on, only slight, if any, bruising will normally be expected to occur.  Some bloody nasal discharge is to be expected after any nasal surgery. A small “mustache” type gauze dressing will be placed beneath your nose after your surgery. During the first 24-48 hours, this absorbent dressing often needs to be changed 10-20 times; this is to be expected.  The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed. You should avoid strenuous activity for three to six weeks after surgery. You may return to your social activities as soon as within two to three weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.