In order for patients to enjoy the most natural-looking, discreet results after their rhinoplasty procedure, they need to know how to, properly, take care of their surgical wound. Dr. Kevin Sadati has performed thousands of nose job procedures on Orange County patients, and he has found that these tips provide patients with the best long-term results.
Rhinoplasty Wound Care Instructions
Purchase a saline spray before your operation. Begin using the saline spray about 48 hours after the surgery. Dr. Sadati notes that patients can choose any brand of saline spray that they prefer, but it’s important that they spray it twice in both nostrils at least four times each day. Saline spray helps to hydrate the area and allows a patient to breathe better after their operation.
If you have an incision between your two nostrils, apply an ointment to that incision several times per day. Dr. Sadati will supply you with the ointment that you need. He recommends that patients apply this ointment to this particular incision at least three times every day until the sutures dissolve. Most sutures will dissolve within one week.
Take care of any incisions near your ear. Some Newport Beach patients have cartilage removed from their ear by the surgeon so that it can be utilized in the new structure of the nose. Apply the ointment using a gentle tissue or a cotton swab at least three times each day.
If you have had a chin implant in addition to your rhinoplasty, treat your chin implant incision with ointment on a regular basis after your bandage has been removed. Like the other incisions, the ointment should be applied at least three times every day until the sutures dissolve. The sutures should dissolve themselves within seven days.
Try to keep your nasal splint dry while it is on your nose. The nasal splint will be placed on your nose immediately after the operation, and it will remain there until the surgeon removes the splint about a week later. Sponge baths are ideal during this time, and a wash cloth can be used to wash your face and hair. If you decide to take a shower, do not let running water hit your nasal splint directly. While moisture will not damage the splint itself, the impact of the water could hurt your nose or have a negative effect on your result.
Patients who take proper care of their surgical wound will enjoy the best possible long-term results after their recovery is complete. These tips will help prevent infection in the wound, and will also speed along the recovery process. If you are considering a rhinoplasty procedure, be sure to set up a free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Sadati. During this appointment, he will determine if you are a good candidate for this plastic surgery and he will create a surgical plan just for you. His goal is to provide every rhinoplasty patient with a more beautiful nose that naturally fits on their face.