Many rhinoplasty surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures at either hospitals or surgical centers. At Plastic Surgery Central Florida, Dr. Richard Arabitg performs all surgeries right in our office. An anesthesiologist is present before, during and after the time of the surgery. While rhinoplasty surgery is not usually a surgery that patients must be kept over night for, a means of transportation should be arranged for the patient after the surgery and it is recommended that somebody stay with the patient the first night. After the procedure, the patient should be on bed rest and have the head elevated on at least 2-3 pillows so that the face is at an upward angle.
A patient should expect swelling and bruising of the nose, upper lip, cheeks and around the eyes for several days after the surgery. Using ice packs will help to minimize the length in time that the bruising will last. Some patients have found that using frozen bags of vegetables, such as a frozen bag of peas, works just as well. While there are many benefits to rhinoplasty surgery, there are also risks that come along with the procedure, just as there are many risks with any surgery. Some of the risks that come along with rhinoplasty are infection, reoccurring nosebleeds after surgery, scaring of the nose and surrounding areas, trouble breathing through the nose while healing, pain and swelling following surgery and numbness around the nose that will usually fade away as the nose heals.