Length of surgery:
Rhinoplasty normally requires an hour or two in surgery, depending on the amount of reshaping to be done. Overnight stays in the hospital are also dependent upon the extent of reshaping, and the method used. You will be required to stay at least one night in the hospital for an open rhinoplasty.
Recovery and post-op care:
Once the incisions have been closed, soft puffy material may be used inside the nose to maintain the structure of the nasal air passages. An external splint is applied to help the nose maintain its new shape and offer additional protection during the healing process. This splint is often worn for six to eight days.
After surgery, you can expect your nose area to be bruised, swollen and puffy. This bruising may extend to the eyes and other areas of the face. Common post-surgery instructions include using a cold compress to reduce swelling, along with pain medication to reduce discomfort. You will need to keep your head elevated for the first 24-hours after surgery. Any discomfort after surgery can be lessened with medication prescribed by your surgeon.
After seven days, most of your swelling and bruising should have disappeared. These seven days are important for recovery and while you will be moving around within a couple of days, it is important to take it easy and relax for a week or so. It is also imperative that you do not bump your nose, which is why the splint is so important. You should also avoid blowing your nose for the first seven days.
After a few more days all stuffing, splints and post-surgical dressing can be removed. There will be internal swelling for a few months, but this will only be noticeable to you and your surgeon. It is important to remember that everyone recovers differently, and you can talk to your surgeon or our team should you have any concerns.
Length of stay:
Most surgeons recommend at least 10 nights on holiday, during which time you will have regular check-ups. To get the most out of your recovery time we suggest you partake in gentle exercise, yoga classes and treat yourself to some pampering. If you are feeling up to it, there is plenty to see and do in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.