General post op instructions

Remember: it is very important not to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This includes coffee, juice and water.

On the morning of surgery please report to surgery center/hospital as scheduled.

  • Do not remove dressing.
  • If you experience bleeding through your dressing, please call the office.
  • Avoid all strenuous activities (no heavy lifting, jogging, sports, etc.) until your doctor gives approval.
  • Keep the dressing dry.
  • Take antibiotic and pain medication as directed.
  • Avoid aspirin, aspirin-related products, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Motrin, Advil, and lbuprofen).
  • If the dressing comes off:
    • Clean site gently with hydrogen peroxide twice a day.
    • Apply a light coating of antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin or Polysporin).
    • Cover with a Band-Aid.
  • You may experience swelling and bruising. To decrease swelling, elevate your head on pillows. You may use an ice pack. Remember to keep your operative site dry.
  • Once your sutures are removed:
    • Keep dressing on until it comes off on its own.
    • Clean once a day with hydrogen peroxide for one week after dressing comes off.
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 to prevent scarring and discoloration of your incision.
  • It may take 3 -4 months for skin color to minimize.
  • Due to the nature of nasal skin, this may require a dermabrasion.