Most patients who just underwent any surgical procedures, not just surgical rhinoplasty, can attest that the most difficult and painful period after any surgical procedures is during the first 48 hours. It is during the first 48 hours when the anesthesia given to the patient for the patient not to feel any pain and discomforts during the surgical procedure will start to wear off. Together with the wearing off of the effects of anesthesia, the patient will start to feel increased intensity of pain and discomforts in the surgical site and the site’s surrounding tissues.
Pain Post Rhinoplasty
As mentioned above, as anesthesia starts to wear off, pain will start to be perceived and felt by the patient. It is during the first 48 hours post rhinoplasty wherein the patient will experience the most pain and discomfort. Wounds in the incision site are still fresh, which could be a great factor for pain. Most of the time, if not all the time, surgeons will prescribe prescription pain medications to help patients tolerate the pain post rhinoplasty. For patients who have high pain threshold and pain tolerance, over-the-counter pain medications, such as mefenamic acid, analgesic, etc., will suffice.
Other Discomforts During the First 48 Hours
Aside from pain, there are still numerous discomforts or issues that can arise in patients during the first 48 hours post rhinoplasty. These issues or discomforts may include and not limited to:
- Headaches – headaches can be an after effect of the anesthesia most of the time. Sometimes, some people who underwent rhinoplasty feel so uncomfortable that can lead to headaches because of their nasal packing. Headaches can most of the time be relieved by getting more rest and sleep, increasing water intake, and drinking over-the-counter-analgesics.
- Swelling – swelling is very normal in rhinoplasty. In fact, it is not only the nose that will swell post-rhinoplasty, but also the surrounding tissues of the nose, including eyelids, eyebrows, and sometimes the cheeks. Swelling will normally subside on its own. To reduce swelling faster, always sleep with your head elevated and keep yourself hydrated.
- Bruising – Bruising can add pain to the patient. The incisions made, the internals of your nose, and the patient’s eyes are bruised in rhinoplasty. Bruising will get better in several days, and will most of the time completely gone in at least 2 weeks after rhinoplasty.
- Bleeding – Since wounds are fresh, bleeding will be at a very high risk. To prevent bleeding, never blow your nose, never carry heavy objects, never stoop down, avoid showing too much emotions (crying and laughing), and gently open and close your mouth. Those actions mentioned can cause bleeding and worse, it can cause sutures to break and leave the wound open, which will need the patient to go back to the surgeon and get his or her wounds closed again.