Consultation and Evaluation
First, you will:

  • Discuss your goals and the shape of your nose
  • Learn options available to you
  • Learn the likely outcomes and potential risks of the procedure
  • Get a course of treatment recommended by Dr. Swier
  • Ask questions and get answers to help you understand the process

Be sure to:

  • Openly share your expectations
  • Disclose your complete health history, current medications, and use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Commit to precisely follow all of Dr. Swier’s instructions

 

Before Surgery

You will:

  • Be given diagnostic testing slips
  • Be given medication prescriptions
  • Be given day-of-surgery instructions
  • Be given specific information related to the use of anesthesia
  • Be asked to sign consent papers
  • Learn the risks associated with surgery

 

Following Surgery
Once your procedure is completed:

  • Small sutures close the incisions
  • Packing material is placed inside the nostrils
  • A splint may be placed on the nose to keep it in place for seven to ten days
  • You will learn how to care for the surgical site
  • You’ll be given a medication prescription for postoperative discomfort
  • You’ll learn what to look for in the surgical site and overall
  • You’ll be asked to keep your head elevated at all times for 48 to 72 hours
  • You’ll be given specific postoperative instructions, including how to cleanse your face
  • You’ll learn when you may return to light activity
  • You’ll receive a follow-up appointment with Dr. Swier

 

The Recovery Process
Most rhinoplasty incisions are well-healed within a week. Healing will continue for at least several weeks afterward as swelling resolves and incision lines continue to improve. It may take several months and possibly a full year for swelling to fully dissipate. It is wise to stay at arm’s reach of children and out of situations where your nose could be accidentally bumped during the healing period.

At first you may experience common conditions including:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness and discomfort
  • Bruising or discoloring
  • Temporary restriction of facial movements

Within 48 hours:

  • You may feel a heaviness between your eyes and a bit of a headache
  • You may see black-and-blue bruising around the eyes

After one week:

  • The packing is removed from the nostrils

In seven to ten days:

  • Bruising begins to dissipate
  • The splint is removed
  • You will still see some swelling
  • You may return to work or school
  • Makeup may be applied to improve your appearance

Within three weeks:

  • You may still feel nasal stuffiness
  • Most swelling has dissipated
  • You may return to normal activity

In six or seven weeks:

  • You may resume wearing sunglasses or glasses