After care advice for rhinoplasty surgery?

Your Doctor should have an after care packet for you to follow after your Rhinoplasty Make sure to read all of the material and ask questions.  Also you should do your own research to learn more on the internet.

Your doctor can only supply you with a limited amount of information and everybody’s fund of knowledge is different and some may need more supplementation than others.  In general, the less trauma the less scarring and the less inflammation the less scarring as well.

You should elevate your head from the horizontal by at least 45 degrees.

Cooling helps too and you should use cold compresses for 15 minutes every hour for at least the first 3 days.

You should avoid hot temperature things like hot liquids, hot showers etc to keep the oozing down to a minimum.

Avoiding blood thinners w weeks before and after surgery is essential to avoid oozing during and after your procedure.

Having your surgeon use the best technique is vital to a great result, and his skill will determine the amount of scarring that will take place.

Along your incisions you should always have the them covered with vaseline, and I would avoid antibacterial ointment to avoid contact dermatitis that is very common after surgery.

Hydrogen peroxide can be used judiciously and with the guidance of your physician but when used without careful regard this agent can increase scarring. Keeping the crusting to a minimum will decrease the bacterial load and lead to less scarring.

After the first 2 weeks, you can then use a silicone based scar gel to cover the incision for the next three months.

External incisions are what you should use your silicone gel for and not the internal incisions inside your nostril.

Minor scar treatments can lead to the best result; a resurfacing 4-8 weeks after your procedure can help!

Dr Young is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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