Aftercare Guidance

This section provides a general guidance. It should be noted that everyone heals at a different rate.

  • It is advisable that you take the painkillers provided at least for the first 24 to 48 hours even if you do not have any pain.

 

  • Use the antibiotic ointment provided regularly.

 

  • To reduce bruising and bleeding in the first few days apply ice packs over the forehead (15 minutes each time).

 

  • Sleep in a semi-upright position.

 

  • Avoid bending down and lifting objects.

 

  • You may continue to feel some nasal congestion and ‘stuffiness’ for several weeks. It is best to avoid blowing your nose for about two weeks.

 

  • Sip water regularly as mouth breathing may make your throat dry and sore.

  • You are advised to use saline spray such as STERIMAR Breathe Easy on a regular basis (10 to 20 times per day) for 5 days  after your surgery. You will then require to use NeilMed Sinus Rinse device (4 to 8 times per day) for minimum of 6 weeks. This is extremely important and must be performed gently and diligently. You may blow your nose gently.

  • Dissolvable stiches may be visible and will drop out of the nose within a few weeks.

  • Nasal sesame seed oil spray e.g. Gelositin/Nozoil can sooth and minimise crusting.

  • After removing the nasal cast, steam inhalation 2-3 times a day will reduces nasal congestion which can last up to 6 weeks.

 

  • While your nose is healing, it is very mobile and may easily move and become deviated ‘bent’. You must protect your nose against any trauma.

 

  • Do not get the cast or your face wet as a warm moist environment harbours bacterium and may lead to a possible wound infection.

 

  • Your cast should continuously remain secure over your nose until is removed on your first post-operative appointment. Your nose can get deviated if the cast falls or is removed.

  • If you are advised to massage your nose, place your index finger on either side of the nose just below the bridge and sweep down the cheeks. Work your way down to the tip. Do this for 2-3 minutes a day please.

 

  • Avoid putting cotton buds or your finger into your nose to try and clean crusts.

 

  • Avoid activities such as housework.

 

  • You may be able to wear your contact lenses after 5 to 7 days.

  • During spring and summer time, apply a SPF 50 sunscreen on your nose for a couple of months.

  • Gentle exercise betwen 2 to 4 weeks after surgery.
     

  • Avoid contact sports for 6 weeks.

  • Refrain from flying for about 2 weeks.