Dr. Timothy Greco is a facial plastic surgeon skilled in performing rhinoplasty to help patients improve facial harmony. He is committed to meeting with you to discuss your specific concerns and needs and creating a unique surgical plan that will yield an optimal outcome. Further, Dr. Greco wants to make sure that patients not only understand the procedure, but the aftercare, as well.
Before your rhinoplasty surgery at our Philadelphia area practice, it is important to prepare accordingly. We want you to feel comfortable with the after care, and our consultation and preoperative visit are designed with this in mind. If you are considering surgery, please read our tips for an easier recovery from rhinioplasty.
Generally, our Philadelphia rhinoplasty patients are sent home the day of surgery with a taped splint over the nose as it heals. During this time, medication may be prescribed to help ease any discomfort you may feel post-surgery. Patients are instructed to apply cold compresses to the nose intermittently for three days. Additional tips for a speedy and comfortable rhinoplasty recovery in Philadelphia include:
Stay in bed with your head elevated for the first day
Apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling, particularly around the eyes intermittently for 3 days
80% of the swelling and bruising disappears within two weeks or so
A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery. You may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks
After one week, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed
Avoid hitting or rubbing your nose for eight weeks. Also, excessive sun exposure to the nose for three months after surgery. Be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics
You will have frequent follow-up visits in the months after your procedure to check on the progress of your healing
You should not drive until you have normal return of daily activity and are off all narcotic medications
You should avoid strenuous activities such as bending, lifting, and sports for two weeks. Drinking alcohol can lead to fluid retention and delays recovery
Antibiotics are used for 3 days to lower the risk of infection
You should be able to return to work within a week, depending on the level of activity required for your job; possibly sooner if you can work from home
You are allowed to bathe 24 hours after the procedure. Showering is then permitted but the nasal splint should not be submerged, as in a tub or pool
At two to three weeks after nose surgery from Philadelphia facial plastic surgeon Dr. Greco, patients are able to see a noticeable change to the shape of the nose. The remaining swelling will dissipate within nine to twelve months after the procedure, at which time patients will see the final result.
Performing procedures including BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, XEOMIN®, laser resurfacing, eyelid surgery, brow lift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, facial implants (including structural fat grafting), and face lift in Philadelphia. Dr. Timothy Greco is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon serving the entire Philadelphia Tri-State area, including patients from the Main Line Area, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware.