As a world-renowned rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Philip J. Miller has counseled many nose job patients in his NYC office regarding a multitude of nose-related problems. Whether a patient is unhappy with their appearance or is suffering from breathing difficulties caused by interior nasal structural irregularities, Dr. Miller has helped thousands of rhinoplasty and septoplasty patients achieve amazing results.
Through his years of patient experience, Dr. Miller understands that an educated patient is in the best position to enjoy exemplary results. He has put together this reference to septoplasty recovery to help potential patients understand what is involved after their septoplasty is complete.
What Happens The Day Of My Septoplasty Procedure?
Dr. Miller will perform your septoplasty procedure in his state-of-the-art, accredited surgical suite, conveniently located in his NYC office. The septoplasty will take between 60 to 90 minutes and be on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home the same day.
If a general anesthesia will be used, you cannot drive or travel alone following your septoplasty. Please arrange for transportation home and for someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours following your septoplasty.
What Should I Expect After My Septoplasty Procedure?
After your septoplasty procedure, your nose will be swollen and packed with cotton to control bleeding. The packing will be removed before you leave the office. Once you are home, you should also expect:
The nature of your procedure and the accompanying swelling in your nasal cavity means that you will likely experience a bit of congestion in the weeks following the procedure. As the swelling goes down, the congestion should disappear.
- Slight headache and minor pain
In the hours immediately following your septoplasty, you can expect to experience very minor pain in the nose and forehead region. Severe pain is extremely uncommon. Pain medication may be taken to alleviate these symptoms.
- Sleep interference
It is normal that you may experience slight disturbances in your sleep patterns. A light sleeping aid may be prescribed to help you through the first few nights. It is helpful to avoid dry environments and keep the nasal passage moist during the recovery period. You can use saline spray and ointment, but avoid blowing your nose until Dr. Miller gives you the OK.
Dr. Miller recommends that you take at least a few days or one week off from work and other activities. This gives you an opportunity to rest and allows healing to efficiently take place. While you may begin to feel much better during this time, you don’t want to rush the healing process.
How Can I Help My Septoplasty Recovery?
The best way you can ensure a good recovery after a septoplasty procedure is to follow all of Dr. Miller’s orders. He has performed thousands of these procedures and has decades of experience with septoplasty patients. His instructions should be trusted and followed.
Besides following doctor’s orders, there are a few additional things you can do to help streamline your recovery process.
- Elevate Your Head
Use a few extra pillows at night to elevate your head and keep swelling down.
- Avoid strenuous activity
For at least the first two weeks, you should focus on taking it easy. Even if you’re feeling better, don’t push it. You don’t want to do anything during this important recovery phase that could jeopardize your final results.
- Don’t pull clothing over your head
Try and avoid turtlenecks or tight t-shirts or any other article of clothing that will put pressure on your nose. If you ever wanted a reason to only wear loose, comfy tops or button-up shirts, the days and weeks following your septoplasty procedure are it.
When Will I Be Back To Normal?
You can usually return to work and daily activities within a few days, but you should refrain from strenuous physical activity for 2-3 weeks. You will likely feel much better within a week or so. However, the healing process will continue long after you are feeling like yourself again, since cartilage and nasal tissue can take up to one year to settle into their new shape.
How Do I Learn More About Septoplasty Recovery?
A consultation with Dr. Miller in his NYC office is the best way to learn more about septoplasty recovery. You can fill out our convenient Contact Form or call us at (646) 791-3112, to get started.