Protecting Your Nose After Rhinoplasty

How to Protect Your Nose After a Rhinoplasty | Marin Aesthetics


Here are five ways to protect your nose after having a rhinoplasty:

  1. Don’t take ibuprofen or aspirin
  2. Wear sunscreen
  3. Clean your nose
  4. Limit physical activities
  5. Wear facial mask


Your nose is a very delicate and refined structure. It has both a cosmetic and functional aspect, where it should look elegant and balanced with your facial features.

Nowhere else in the body does so little mean so much. As a result, rhinoplasty is considered a “surgery of millimeters.”

The ability to refine and reshape a nose is a very detailed and specific operation. Details matter here.

What to Do After Having a Rhinoplasty

The nose is susceptible to injuries because of its central position on the face. Athletes, in particular, are prone to facial injuries.

Almost everyone has bumped their nose in the past. It can be due to a stray elbow from a child or friend; or even getting a glass of water at night. This is where rhinoplasty comes in.

However, protecting your nose following a surgery is as important as your recovery process. Thus, here are things you can do to protect your nose following a nasal surgery:

Don’t Take Ibuprofen or Aspirin

It’s not advisable to take products that contain ibuprofen or aspirin within a week after your surgery. Doing so would result to excessive bleeding, which would ruin the result of your rhinoplasty.

If you’re experiencing pain, which is normal, take doctor-prescribed narcotics like Vicodin or Tylenol #3. Remember, you have to receive prescription from your surgeon beforehand.


Wear Sunscreen

After a rhinoplasty, it’s important that you continue to wear sunscreen on the face and nose for at least a year. Although UV lights are less likely to expose scars, you still need to take extra care. That’s because changes in your nasal structure makes it susceptible to sun damage and discoloration.

Wearing a hat or using an umbrella can also help protect you from the sun.

Clean Your Nose

You should also clean your nose with hydrogen peroxide and antibacterial ointment for several weeks. This helps in the healing of the incisions hidden inside the nose.

Limit Physical Activities

This is important fact that you should consider after having a rhinoplasty. Limit playing sports like basketball, volleyball, or anything where you’re likely to hit your nose. Otherwise, wear a facial mask to reduce the risk of facial injuries.

According to Sarah A Frommer, MD, PhD, “face-guard use results in a 35% reduction in facial injuries compared with non-use.”

It is important for patients to be conscious of their nose for three to six months after surgery. Avoiding activities that increase the risk of accidental trauma is very helpful for success.

As I mentioned on my previous post, it takes about six weeks before you can have unrestricted activity following a rhinoplasty.

Things Worth Noting

It’ll take six to 12 months for the nose to gain enough strength to withstand similar forces before a rhinoplasty. However, it will never be quite as strong as it was before an operation.

Keep in mind that prevention is well worth the cost to stay out of the operating room.


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About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. Follow @MarinAesthetics on Twitter for more information.

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!