Very good communication with your surgeon before the operation is of paramount importance.
This requires more than one consultation to ensure that the surgeon has a clear understanding of the patient’s desires.
Breathing problems are often caused by a deviated septum. This occurs if your nose has been broken. Ideally, the problems with the septum should be addressed at the same operation that deals with the shape of the nose. If it is, then your breathing should be improved. In some instances, people’s breathing may be worse after a nose operation, if the nose has been made too small and the air-flow into the nose has been compromised.
You will stay in hospital overnight. If there are packs placed in your nose they will be taken out the next morning before you go home. Time off work will depend on the type of work you do. If you have a desk-based job, one to two weeks are sufficient. If your job is more physically demanding then you may need a little longer. You will have a splint on your nose for the first week after surgery to help decrease the swelling. It is important to keep this dry and bathing is preferable to showers during the first week. Once this is removed you will be able to shower.
Vigorous exercise should be avoided for the first 6 -12 weeks, as this will make the swelling worse. Contact sport or any exercise where the nose may be bumped accidentally should be avoided for 12 weeks.
The bruising takes about 10-14 days to disappear completely. Arnica pillules and cream helps a lot. The swelling goes away much more slowly and may take almost a full year to subside.