Here is What Not to Do After Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty is a popular and effective way to achieve the nose you’ve always wanted, but without appropriate after-care, all the good work of your surgeon could be ruined.

If you’re unsure of what not to do after rhinoplasty, here we share with you some key things you should avoid during your recovery to protect your new nose and achieve a great result.

Why Post Rhinoplasty Care is So Important

Your nose will be at its most vulnerable in the initial days and weeks following rhinoplasty. Even simple accidents have the potential to completely derail your results and take you back to square one.

However, with appropriate care and precautions in place, most patients are able to breeze through the rhinoplasty healing stages and enjoy the result they were after.

What Can You Not Do After Rhinoplasty: Top 5 Things to Avoid

There are a few do’s and don’ts after rhinoplasty—here are five things you should avoid at all costs.

#1: Touching or scratching your nose

It’s normal to get an itchy nose after rhinoplasty from the post-operative bandages, however, touching, scratching or massaging your nose after rhinoplasty is a big no-no. Using a saline intranasal spray along with a gentle moisturizer on the skin after the bandages are removed can help to keep nasal itching at bay.

#2: Sneezing and blowing your nose

Sneezing or nose blowing is another common cause of damage. Take good care of yourself in the lead up to your procedure to ensure you’re in the best possible health.  Try to avoid any known allergy triggers, and sneeze out your mouth as much as possible.

#3: Sleeping on your tummy or side

Rolling onto your side or tummy while sleeping can greatly jeopardize your results. To minimize the chances of this happening, you’ll need to sleep on your back in an elevated position using pillows as supportive props for at least 10 days following your procedure.

#4: Wearing anything which could damage your nose

Even your choice of clothing could risk your results. Pulling tight clothing over your head could accidentally bump your nose, so opt for loose-fitting button up shirts. You should also avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses. Instead, opt for contact lenses and try to stay out of the sun—it’ll even help to minimize any scars!

#5: Engaging in strenuous activity

Any type of strenuous activity could trigger inflammation and swelling, or even risk re-opening incisions. Even a slight bump to the nose could completely ruin your results! You need to give your body plenty of time to rest and recover, so it’s best to put anything too physical on the backburner until you’re well out of the initial recovery stages.

Still unsure about what not to do after rhinoplasty?

The team at Sedgh Plastic Surgery is always here to help!

When you undergo rhinoplasty at Sedgh Plastic Surgery, we’ll ensure you’re fully informed about every aspect of your procedure and the best post-surgical care practices to ensure you achieve the optimal outcome from your procedure.

Find out more about our approach to rhinoplasty or contact us to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Sedgh Plastic Surgery


When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.