After rhinoplasty, many patients have a situation in which they are not sure if they should phone their surgeon. They don’t want to be a pest and phone for nothing, but what if something serious is going on?
Our own personal policy is to give patients our home and cell phones with instructions to call anytime questions pop up after surgery. Better to make a call for nothing than take a chance!
If you’ve selected a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, don’t worry. He or she has seen every post-surgical complication you can imagine, including some in which patients resumed their intimate lives too soon, raising their blood pressure too much and causing some otherwise unnecessary bleeding.
In cosmetic surgery, the usual, typical complications besides bleeding include:
- A solid swelling of clotted blood just under the skin (medically, a Hematoma)
- A small pool of watery blood right under the skin, medically known as a Seroma
- Very, very rarely, an allergic response to anesthesia
The bleeding we mention above is not a spurting or gushing, but usually just a little trickle seeping under the bandages.
Virtually all plastic surgeons provide a handout sheet on signs to watch for after surgery. Be sure and read them all.
As for infections: that is the reason your surgeon wants to see the morning after surgery. Best to jump on infections ASAP. The red warning flag – and an excellent reason to call your surgeon — is red or sore skin near an incision.
Some face lift, neck lift or other patients may notice some numbness in the treatment area. That happens when minor nerve endings just under the skin are severed. But sensation returns to normal in several to four months.
For rhinoplasty, most of the motivation for patients phoning their surgeon is nose bleeds. We’ve complied a list of seven handy tips for handling post-rhinoplasty or internal nose surgery nosebleeds, if any.
Protective guards come off nose job patients in four to six days.
If you have had what nose surgeons call functional nose surgery, that is, surgery for a deviated septum or turbinate reduction surgery you will be back in the office four to six days to take out the Kotler Nasal Airway and the medication-laced tampon which helps your nose heal immensely.
It’s a painless, easy procedure.
Watch a video in which a Kotler Nasal Airway is removed from a patient’s nose.