Sunday, February 23, 2014

What is recovery like after a nose job?

Recovery after rhinoplasty or nose surgery is typically 7-10 days. I do not use packing with my rhinoplasties which leads to a more tolerable and easier recovery. Nevertheless, the first couple of nights after nose surgery are described by my patients as uncomfortable. Rarely do they describe pain and rarely do they need the pain medication that was prescribed after rhinoplasty. The main complaint for the first few days is congestion which is simply due to the swelling on the inside of the nose.

The regimen for my patients is that the cast and tape are removed on day 6 after surgery and the nose is retyped. On day 8 or 10 after nose surgery, I remove this tape, the stitches, and suction out the nose. At this point, you are social and could have lunch with friends that day. Most if not all bruising is resolved by this time if there was any from the start. The nose is still swollen, but most people who do not know you had rhinoplasty will not notice.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Does a nose job leave scars?

Nose surgery or rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to change the shape of the nose. Historically, nose job surgery was only done closed, or with incisions inside the nose. This avoided any external scar. However, today, rhinoplasty is mainly done open with a small incision between the nostrils that leaves very little scar. This scar is almost completely unrecognizable after 6-8 weeks. Otherwise, all the rest of the scars are on the inside of the nose and not seen.

Dr. Funk is a nose surgery expert in Houston, Texas.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Does a nose job hurt?

Many of my patients are concerned about the possibility of pain after nose surgery or rhinoplasty. The fact is that nose surgery or a nose job is not necessarily a painful surgery but described as more uncomfortable. The majority of my rhinoplasty patients do not require the narcotic (vicodin, codeine, etc) pain medication that is described and can control their discomfort with extra strength tylenol, sudafed, and benadryl.

That being said, everyone has a different pain tolerance and some may require narcotic medication. But overall, pain should NOT be a reason to avoid nose surgery or decide not to have a nose job.

Dr. Funk is a nose surgery expert in Houston, TX.