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Rhinoplasty Recovery Period

After natural rhinoplasty surgery, it is very important to spend the recovery period in accordance with the rules in order for a nose structure compatible with the person’s face to fit with all its contours as planned. The patient’s attention and compliance with the physician’s recommendations ensure a better quality of the recovery period. In this article, you will find a great answer to what you are wondering about the recovery period of natural rhinoplasty surgery.

The Effect of Anesthesia After Surgery

Question: How long does the effect of anesthesia last after surgery?

General anesthesia is applied before the operation. After rhinoplasty surgery, the effect of anesthesia drugs is constantly reduced and excreted from the body. This may take a day or two. Anesthesia drugs create a feeling of fatigue in the patient a little.


Question: When is the patient discharged?

After the operation is completed, the patient is usually kept under observation for 1 day. He is discharged the next day. Depending on the patient’s condition, 1 more day can be added to this period.

The First Appearance After Rhinoplasty Surgery

Question: What is the appearance of the nose after surgery?

A surgical operation has been performed. Swelling and bruising will occur around the nose, upper lip, under the eyes. These are a natural reaction. The nose is bandaged. Tampon material is located in the nostrils, if necessary. This image is usually a source of stress in patients. within 1 week and 10 days, these deformations regress to a minimum level.

Duration of Nasal Bandage

Question: Can the patient remove the tampon from the nose by himself?

The tampon is removed by the doctor and an examination is performed. He can’t take it off himself.

Question: How long does the nose bandage stay on?

After an average of 7 to 10 days, the nasal bandage is removed by a doctor. A plaster splint applied to the nose to protect the design of the nose after the operation is taken under the supervision of a doctor.

Question: Why is a tampon placed under the nose after surgery?

The purpose of the tampon placed under the nose is to ensure the absorption of pinkish liquids that will come from the nose for the first few days, so as not to disturb the patient. The patient can change this tampon as needed.

If the Leak Takes On a Blood-Red Color

Question: Does the color of the leak from the nose matter?

It is important for the patient to pay attention to this. If the pinkish liquid is blood-red in color and comes constantly, you should definitely consult your doctor.

Wiping The Nose

Question: Is it harmful to wipe the nose until the tampons come out?

Your doctor removes the tampon 2-3 days after the operation. Blowing the nose until the tampons are removed, trying to wipe it can damage sensitive tissues that have not yet healed. The patient should not do this.

Breathing through the Nose and Dry Mouth

Question: How many days can I not breathe through the nose?

The average is 3-4 days. The patient breathes through the mouth. Because during this time, there is a buffer in the nostrils for healthy nasal development. And after the tampon is taken, the blockage continues for a short time longer. In some patients, there may be no need to use tampons depending on the size and purpose of the operation.

Question: Does breathing through the mouth cause dry mouth? What can be done to prevent dry mouth?

Mouth board may occur. In this case, it is useful for the patient to consume plenty of fluids and use a high-quality moisturizer for dry lips when necessary.

Question: Is it inconvenient to clean the nose after taking a tampon?

Ear cleaning sticks can be used. However, rods should not be inserted upwards from the nostril. You can repeat the cleaning process carefully 2 or 3 times a day.

Do Not Prevent Sneezing

Question: Is the nose completely opened when the tampon is taken? What should be done when sneezing?

It is a natural process that there is still a blockage in the nose after the tampon is removed. But it is temporary. In cases with or without tampons, it is important to sneeze by opening your mouth when a sneezing sensation occurs. Holding yourself and trying to prevent sneezing strains the nose. Do not prevent sneezing.

Bed Rest

Question: Is there any bed rest after surgery?

Bed rest is recommended for 2-3 days.

Question: Is a nasal spray used during the recovery period?

After rhinoplasty surgery, when the tampons are removed, no spray or drops should be applied to the nose. It’s not true.

Brushing Teeth

Question: Are there any points that the patient should pay attention to when brushing teeth?

During external brushing, the upper lip should move so that it does not rise up. A soft toothbrush should be preferred. Hard and fast brushing should not be done.

Question: When is the first time to take a bath?

After the plaster splint is taken, a bath can be taken by paying attention to the nose.


Question: What are the risks during the recovery period?

There are risks of bleeding, infection. This risk is eliminated by using antibiotics against the possibility of infection. The risk of bleeding is treated with the intervention of a physician.

Choosing Clothes

Question: Is the choice of clothes important after surgery?

It’s definitely important. Because buttoned-up clothes should be worn instead of tight-collared clothes that will damage the nose when being put on and taken off.

Question: Are there any issues that the patient should pay attention to when using medication?

Apart from the antibiotics and painkillers prescribed by the doctor, the patient should definitely not use any other medication without consulting his doctor.

Sleeping Position

Question: In which position should the patient sleep?

As long as there is a tampon, the patient should sleep on a double pillow with his head in an upright position. This position positively affects blood circulation, hence the healing process. It also accelerates the reduction of edema.

The patient should not tilt his head too much during the day.

Question: How does the nose look after the dressings are removed?

There is a partial color change in the parts covered by the bandage. This will return to normal skin color over time.

The nose has a slightly swollen appearance. The tip of the nose appears in a slightly more upturned position than planned. All these side effects will pass away in a short time, and the planned nasal lines will appear.

Return to Work Time

Question: How long can the patient return to work after rhinoplasty surgery?

4 or 5. the patient can go out during the day. The average time can return to work in 7 days. This period varies from patient to patient. In the first days, a plaster splint bandage may be found on the nose.

The Use of Glasses

Question: When are glasses used during the recovery period?

Patients who are required to wear glasses can wear lenses after 3-4 days. Glasses should not be used for the first three months.

Using Cigarettes

Question: Is it possible to smoke during the recovery period?

Because smoking impairs the quality of blood circulation, the skin cannot be adequately nourished. Therefore, the healing process is prolonged. Therefore, it should definitely not be smoked.

The Date When the Swelling Ends

Question: When does the edema and color change completely disappear?

It covers an average period of 6 months. Recovery is rapid in the first periods. Minimal swelling 6. it disappears completely by the moon.

Question: Is exposure to the sun harmful?

It is necessary not to expose the face and nose directly to the sun’s rays for about 30 days. It can negatively affect the healing process.

Time to Start Sports

Question: When can the patient start playing sports?

Performance sports can be started after 3 months. Daily walks can be done towards the end of the first month.

Complete Recovery

Question: How long does it take for the nose to fully heal and the lines to sit down?

Full recovery is achieved in the nose between 6 months and 1 year.

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Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

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American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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