Jarrod’s patients are discharged either same day or after an overnight stay.
Patients are discharged with a nasal splint on the exterior of the nose fastened to the cheeks with ‘elastoplast-type’ tape. This splint is designed to protect the nose, maintain its position if unstable and for compression. Any internal packing is removed before discharge.
In most cases, there is no requirement for any discharge medication, however, some patients who have undergone grafts may be prescribed antibiotics for a few days. Post-operative pain is usually mild and can be controlled with paracetamol and / or ibuprofen and Jarrod advises patients to continue taking arnica for a week or two after surgery.
Typically, Jarrod arranges for patients to return for splint removal and initial evaluation six or seven days after surgery. Patients who have undergone an open approach rhinoplasty will also have their stiches removed at this stage. Any blackening around the eyes should have largely disappeared by now but the nose will still be swollen.
A much more accurate assessment of the success of the surgery can be made at the second evaluation at around 6 or 7 weeks when most of the swelling has subsided. However, as it can take up to a year for the swelling to fully resolve, the final evaluation will take place at some point between 6 or 12 months post-surgery.
This timeframe for post-op progress covers most rhinoplasties although the swelling after tip surgery usually takes a little longer to resolve.
Patients can expect to be reasonably nasally congested in the weeks immediately after surgery but this is perfectly normal. This congestion is likely to have a greater impact on patients with rhinitis conditions such as hayfever.