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What to Expect

Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, call Dr. Alexander immediately.

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You will be given specific instructions that includes:

  • how to care for the surgical site
  • medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
  • when to return to the office

A splint will be placed to support the nose and minimize swelling for approximately one week. Anterior packs are placed in each nostril and are removed on the next day. This doesn’t hurt. If the septum has been done, deeper packs are placed and left 2-4 days. It is uncomfortable to remove these packs but more weird than painful.

The nose can drip blood and mucous until the packs are removed. You should avoid blowing your nose for 2 weeks after the surgery. The splint is removed at one week. At this time you will get a good look at how the nose is likely to look. By the next day, the nose will swell a little, but this will come down over the next several weeks. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine.

During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your nose surgery.

Following your doctor's instructions regarding medications and other post-operative measures is key to a quick recovery. Herbal medications are available to reduce swelling, bruising, and to speed your recovery.

It is important that the nose is not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.


It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to a year—and sometimes longer—for the outcome of the surgery to fully refine. Although the results of nose surgery are usually permanent, cartilage may continue to reshape and move tissue that may change the outcome over time.

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. Small revisions are occasionally necessary. In general our patients are very pleased with their nose reshaping. Our goal is to provide a result that is pleasing, balanced, and in proportion with your other facial features and your ethnicity. Others should not be able to tell you have had surgery.

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