Rest all day after surgery. Do not touch or rub your nose. Avoid blowing your nose (it is normal to feel stuffed up for several weeks).
You may apply ice packs to your nose and eye area to help with pain and swelling, but make sure to keep your nose dry. Cover the ice pack with a clean, dry cloth or small towel. Sleeping propped up on 2 pillows will also help reduce swelling.
Your doctor will give you a prescription for pain medicines. Get it filled when you go home so you have it when you need it. Take pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a prescription painkiller, the way your doctor told you to take them. Take your medicine when pain first starts. Don’t let pain get very bad before taking it.
You should not drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol, or make any major decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery. Your anesthesia will make you groggy and it will be hard to think clearly. The effects should wear off in about 24 hours.
Limit activities that could make you fall or put more pressure on your face. Some of these are bending over, holding your breath, and tightening muscles during bowel movements. Avoid heavy lifting and hard physical activity for 2-4 weeks. You should be able to go back to work or school 1 week after surgery.
Do not take baths or showers for 24 hours. Your nurse will show you how to clean your nose area with Q-tips and hydrogen peroxide or another cleaning solution if needed.
You may go outside a few days after surgery, but don’t stay in the sun for more than 15 minutes.
Follow up with your doctor as you have been told. You may need to have stitches removed. Your doctor will want to check your healing.