After Nasal Surgery

Please read and familiarize yourself with these instructions both before and after your nasal surgery. By following them carefully you will assist in obtaining the best possible results from your surgery. If questions arise, do not hesitate to communicate with us and discuss your questions at any time.

  • Rest or sleep on your back with your head elevated at least 45 degrees for the first 72 hours following your surgery. Ice may be applied to eyes and nose areas for the first 48-72 hours to minimize bruising and swelling.
  • Do not blow nose until instructed. Wipe or dab nose gently with Kleenex, if necessary change dressing under nose (if present) as needed.
  • The nasal cast will remain in place for approximately one week and will be removed in the office. Do not disturb it, keep it dry. After the doctor removes your nasal cast, the skin of the nose may be cleansed gently with a mild soap.  BE GENTLE. Makeup may be used as soon as bandages are removed.
  • Avoid foods that require prolonged chewing. Otherwise, your diet has no restrictions. Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush only. Avoid manipulation of upper lip to keep nose at rest.
  • Avoid extreme physical activity. Obtain more rest than you usually get to avoid exertion, including athletic activities. Do not bend over or lift heavy objects for one week. This may cause bleeding.
  • You may wash your face carefully avoiding the dressing. Do not take showers until the dressings are removed. DO NOT wash hair for one week unless you have someone else do it for you. DO NOT GET NASAL DRESSING WET.
  •  Avoid clothing that is required to slip over the head.
  • Absolutely avoid any sun exposure for 6 weeks after surgery. Heat may cause the nose to swell.
  • Do not swim for one month.
  • Do not be concerned if following the removal of dressing, the nose, eyes and upper lip show some swelling or discoloration as this usually clears in 2-3 weeks. In certain patients it may require up to 6 months for all swelling to completely subside.
  • Take only medications prescribed by Dr. Clemenza.
  • Do not wear regular glasses or sunglasses, which rest on the bridge of the nose for at least 4 weeks.   Contact lenses may be worn within 2-3 days after surgery.
  • After nasal packing has been removed, you may moisturize the inside of the nose with Vaseline or bacitracin. Later, Ocean spray nasal spray may be used often to prevent drying of the nasal passages.

Please Report:

  • Excessive bleeding: if this does occur, keep head elevated about 30 degrees. Apply slight pressure just below the outer part of your nostrils. Remain quiet and relaxed for 15-30 minutes. Call our office if the bleeding does not subside.
  • Any itching, rash or reaction to tapes or medications
  • Any elevated temperatures.
  • Injury of any kind to the face and/or nose.