Dr. Abramson answers the common question: How much pain can be expected after Rhinoplasty surgery?
Most patients are very concerned about the pain level after surgery. What we’ve typically found is patients tend to have some achiness, or even some pain, over the first day to two days. Thereafter it’s usually decreases up to day 7, and we rarely get complaints of discomfort/ pain on the first postoperative visit, which is 6-7 days later. We usually will give some prescription type pain medicine for the first day or two, as needed, but we also don’t mind patients using some ibuprofen. And most patients prefer to switch over to the ibuprofen or regular Tylenol as early as the can, because most don’t like the feeling of the prescription strength pain medicines.
Changing the shape of the nose can determine the entire appearance of the face, which is why Rhinoplasty is a very popular procedure that thousands of people choose every year. Rhinoplasty can also improve airway problems such as difficulty breathing, deviated septum, and enlarged turbinates. For most patients, any discomfort that is experienced after the procedure is worth the improvement to their appearance or nasal airway issues.
As stated above, most pain will subside after the first couple of days, and patients can decrease the amount of prescription pain pills or stop taking them all together at that time. Patients are free to use Ibuprofen or Tylenol to manage pain. Any questions about specific medications can be answered at the consultation before your Rhinoplasty procedure.