The recovery process following rhinoplasty is very important to the long-term results of your procedure. Before your rhinoplasty procedure in Denver, Dr. Serota will give you a detailed explanation of what you can expect during the recovery process and a list of instructions to take home including information regarding the rhinoplasty cast that will be placed following surgery.
Rhinoplasty that involves changes in the bone structure usually requires a cast because the nose bones are broken and moved during the procedure. The cast needs to remain in place for 7 to 10 days to ensure the bones are secure before the cast is removed. The nasal cast also helps to minimize swelling after rhinoplasty.
A nasal cast is made of two basic components: steristrip tape and casting material. The tape is the first part to go on your nose and sets up the foundation for the casting material. It also helps to manage the swelling and acts as a barrier between the cast and your skin. The casting material is added and then shaped to match your nose before it is allowed to set. Once the material is hard, your cast will be complete and your nose will be stable.
Things to Avoid While Wearing Your Rhinoplasty Cast:
- Be mindful of your surroundings and avoid bumping your nose as much as possible.
- Do not pull or pick at your cast. Although it’s tempting, do not do anything that could cause it to come off before it’s ready and potentially damage your nose in the process.
- Avoid getting your cast wet. Water causes the cast to loosen and lose its structural integrity, which means that it can’t do its job of protecting and supporting your nose while it heals.
Your rhinoplasty cast will come off anywhere between five and ten days, though most patients have theirs removed in about a week. The length of time depends on how extensive your rhinoplasty is and how well your nose is healing. Sometimes patients can have their casts removed earlier if they are progressing along very well, while other patients may need to keep theirs on for a couple extra days.
If you have any questions about the rhinoplasty recovery process, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com today.