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Everything You Need to Know Before Your Nose Job Surgery

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | April 14th, 2022

Getting a nose job has many positive impacts on your life.

Getting a nose job can boost your confidence, improve work performance, and nasal health. However, you must properly prepare for a nose job surgery if you want to maximise its benefits.

How exactly do you do this? What are the best practices during nose job recovery?

In this article, I will talk about preparing for a nose job surgery, reasonable expectations for recovery, and the best practices during recovery.

How to Prepare for a Nose Job

You must consider a lot of things before and after nose job.

Here’s how to prepare for getting a nose job:

1. Consider Your Diet and Lifestyle

When you have a healthy body, you get better chances at recovering efficiently from a nose job. You also have less risk for complications.

Thus, taking care of your health through a proper diet and other lifestyle habits can help you properly prepare for a nose job.

In addition, eating fiber-containing food help decrease problematic digestive effects such as constipation that may occur after you receive anaesthesia.

You must also avoid alcohol and smoking before after nose job to ensure proper healing. All the other specifics can be discussed during our consultation, should you choose to book a consultation with me, Dr. Julian De Silva.

2. Plan Your Transportation Ahead of Time

You must also plan your transportation before getting a nose job. Rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure that requires someone to drive you home after the surgery.

While rhinoplasty usually doesn’t require an overnight stay, you should make sure that you get home as safely as possible.

Moreover, you will have bruises that may affect your line of sight. Hence, you must have someone drive or assist you going home.

You can ask a family member or friend to drive you to and from surgery. Lastly, you might want someone to stay with you for at least three days after getting a nose job.

3. Take Some Time Off Work

You must take time off work before after nose job.

Getting a nose job surgery means that you have to take some time off from work. I usually recommend taking at least two weeks off from work to give yourself time to properly recover.

Doing so can help facilitate healing and avoid complications.

4. Stock on Cold Compresses At Home

One of the most important things that you should do before and after nose job is stocking on cold compresses.

When preparing for your nose job, make sure to buy ice packs so that you’ll have them when you get home after the procedure. You may also want to buy soft food and easy-to-digest items, so you won’t have to move your mouth as much when eating.

5. Avoid Certain Medications

There are certain medications that you must avoid before rhinoplasty. These include aspirin, vitamin E, and NSAIDs. Any other substances that may disrupt how anaesthesia works must be avoided as well.


You must have reasonable expectations for nose job recovery.

After getting a nose job, a metal or plastic splint will be placed on your nose. The splint will help your nose maintain its new shape as the best nose job for your nose shape and face takes effect.

Nasal packs or splints may also be placed inside your nostrils to stabilise your nose, especially the part found between your nostrils.

You will also be monitored in a recovery room after your surgery. This ensures that you get out of the clinic safe and sound. Once your release gets approved, you can go home.

As I mentioned, you’ll need to have someone assist or drive you home as the anaesthesia and bruises on your face will affect you.

You might experience the common effects of nose job surgery immediately after the procedure. These include slow reaction, impaired judgment, and memory lapses.

In addition, for a few days after getting a nose job, you might also experience bleeding, and drainage. A drip pad can help you with these. Simply tape it below your nose. It will absorb your mucus and blood.

You might also get a headache. Your face will feel puffy and you will experience some pain. However, medications greatly help.

Getting a nose job has some temporary side effects.

Getting a nose job can also affect the area around your eyes. You might temporarily experience the following:

  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Sensitivity
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration around your eyes

You also have to avoid the following activities for a few weeks after getting a nose job:

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Blowing your nose
  • Intense tooth brushing
  • Pulling clothes over your head
  • Excessive chewing
  • Wearing eyeglasses
  • Laughing, frowning, smiling, or other expressions that require significant facial movement

Moreover, you have to be extremely careful about sun exposure. Avoid it at any cost, as it can permanently change the color around your nose.

Follow-up care is crucial after getting a nose job. Thus, you must show up to your appointments and closely follow your doctor’s instructions.

Best Practices During Nose Job Recovery

You must follow the best practices during nose job recovery.

Here are the best practices during nose job recovery:

1. Take Time Off to Rest and Recover

After getting rhinoplasty, your body will have to focus on healing itself. Hence, you must take your time to recover.

This also means that you should avoid intense sports or any activity where you can bump your nose. Since your new nose shape is not yet stable, bumping it can lead to deformities that require revision rhinoplasty.

2. Plan for Your Recovery

You must also plan your activities during your recovery. This includes making a schedule and a meal plan that strictly follows your doctor’s guidelines.

For instance, you must make it a habit to regularly change your drip pads and eat soft, easy-to-digest food.

3. Consume Healthy Food and Plenty of Water

Consuming healthy food and plenty of water helps facilitate nose job recovery.

Consuming healthy food and drinking water will help you recover faster. Doing these can also make you feel better faster.

Proper nutrition gives your body what it needs to heal itself. Water, on the other hand, helps facilitate healing by flushing out toxins from your body. It also allows oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the right tissues. This allows proper drainage to occur.

4. Lower Your Salt Intake

Salt can increase your blood pressure. High blood pressure levels can increase swelling on your face.

Hence, you must avoid adding salt to your meals and eating salty food. Doing so can minimise swelling, making your nose job recovery more comfortable.

5. Have a Lot of Rest

Rest lets your body heal faster. Resting and sleeping well with your head supported and elevated will minimise swelling around your nose and eyes.

Thus, you must keep your head elevated while you rest or sleep. Doing so also helps keep fluid from building up around the target area.


Although a nose job is a relatively safe procedure, healing from it can take a while. The tip of your nose can be sensitive, swell, and stay numb for weeks.

How long does a nose job take to heal also depends on various factors like your lifestyle.

However, getting a nose job is worth the minor inconvenience. Once you fully recover, you will enjoy the benefits of rhinoplasty permanently.

Do you want to get a nose job that is safe and effective? Book a consultation with Dr. Julian De Silva now!

About the Author: Dr. De Silva

About the Author

Finding the most reputable facelift expert is never easy. Therefore, you should always research the best surgeons in your area and ask plenty of questions. Dr. De Silva is a facial cosmetic and plastic surgeon, author, global educator, with a track record of doing procedures for top celebrities. He is based at world-renowned Harley Street in Central London and specializes in three main procedures: Face and Neck lifts, Blepharoplasty, and Rhinoplasty.

Come witness a custom-built surgical centre that is not your average hospital. You are guaranteed to experience natural-looking results and fast healing thanks to regenerative technology, growth factors, regenerative cells, stem cell, oxygen therapy, and state of the art technology.

By specialising in only the face, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting premier results. Dr. De Silva achieves natural-looking results for his patients using the latest regenerative technology, so they can heal quickly and look their absolute best. No matter what your reason for wanting a cosmetic treatment is, Dr. De Silva and his team are here to help. To find out more information about Dr. Julian De Silva and his work, check out our website.

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