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Reducing Pain after Rhinoplasty

shutterstock 13944358 xs - Reducing Pain after Rhinoplasty | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesAt his facial plastic surgery center, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes specializes in rhinoplasty surgery. Through this procedure, Dr. Keyes makes subtle changes to the size and/or shape of the nose in order to create dramatic results that improve the overall appearance of the nose and face. Dr. Keyes has a very positive reputation among patients because he works with patients’ individual needs and desires rather than creating a “cookie cutter” nose for everyone. When patients do come to Dr. Keyes to learn about rhinoplasty surgery, a common concern is the amount of pain that will be experienced as a result of the procedure. For most of our Los Angeles patients, rhinoplasty pain is less severe than they had anticipated. Prior to surgery, Dr. Keyes offers each of his patients useful tips for reducing whatever pain is present during recovery.

Reducing Rhinoplasty Pain

Dr. Keyes is very careful in the work he performs and does his best to ensure that each patient has a smooth recovery with minimal pain. While post-surgical pain is often not as severe as patients fear, there will be some discomfort after rhinoplasty surgery. The most significant pain is likely to be experienced during the first few days after surgery but some degree of discomfort may remain throughout the first week or two of recovery.  The following steps can be taken by patients in order to reduce rhinoplasty pain during recovery:

  • Use pain medication: Dr. Keyes will prescribe pain medication that can be used as directed to reduce the pain of rhinoplasty surgery. As pain becomes less severe, patients can use over-the-counter pain medication as necessary to manage discomfort.
  • Apply cold compresses: The application of cold compresses can be useful in reducing swelling as well as reducing pain and discomfort during recovery.
  • Keep the head elevated: Swelling can put pressure on the nose and contribute to pain after rhinoplasty. Keeping the head elevated while resting can reduce swelling; therefore reducing pressure and decreasing discomfort.
  • Avoid putting pressure on the nose: Any pressure on the nose should be avoided during recovery in order to reduce pain following rhinoplasty surgery. Simple activities such as blowing the nose and wearing eyeglasses can put pressure on the nose and cause pain or discomfort.
  • Use nasal spray: It is common for the nose to feel dry and stuffed up beginning two to three days after rhinoplasty. This condition is a cause of discomfort for many patients. Saline nasal spray can be used to keep the inside of the nose moist, which should reduce discomfort for patients.

By following these tips and adhering to post-surgical care instructions, patients should be able to reduce pain so that the discomfort experienced following rhinoplasty surgery is minimal. These tips are also useful to patients recovering from septoplasty surgery, a procedure that reduces nasal blockage to correct breathing problems for patients.

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No cosmetic procedure is free of side effects. However, with the care of a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Geoffrey Keyes and the adherence to proper post-surgical care, a patient can recover from rhinoplasty surgery with minimal pain and no complications. To learn more about caring for the nose during rhinoplasty recovery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keyes at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Art of Nasal Reconstruction

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Culture Appears Across Your Face

In terms of safety, most Board Certified Plastic Surgeons receive some training in rhinoplasty, but training programs concentrate on different areas of plastic surgery dependent upon their curriculum. Creating a beautiful nose requires aesthetic expertise that moves far beyond basic surgical techniques.

Your overall look is the sum of your face’s parts. For instance, from a purely physical point of view, your cultural identity is a combination of the shape of your eyes; the size of your nose; the size, placement, and turn of the lips; and the proportions and space between each feature.

Your nose literally plays a central role in your face’s total look. Thus your nasal reconstruction should enhance your overall appearance, not just the nose itself. After all, when you seek a to improve the look of your nose, you’re probably looking forward to how an improved nose means an improved overall appearance.

A highly qualified plastic surgeon will create a customized plan based on the outcome you’re looking for and the procedure that is appropriate for you. A skilled doctor will base his recommendations on a thorough physical examination and his or her experience performing the procedure. 

Whether it’s decreasing the size of the tip of your nose or getting rid of a bump on your bridge, it’s important that you and your doctor discuss how the integration of change will influence your facial expression. Your surgeon should be able to explain how each change will influence not just the nose itself but the entire face.


Who to Look For

I recommend that you work with a surgeon who specializes in nasal reconstruction. There is no substitute for training and experience.

Board Certification in Plastic Surgery or Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is most important.

Consider making appointments with a couple of doctors. During your consultation ask about their qualifications, specialized training, academic work, before and after photos, and how they would address your particular case. There are many more important factors required to evaluate the competency of the doctor, but these provide you a solid start.