Patients Info: After Surgery Care: Nose & Septum


Normal signs after operations:

  • blocked nose – temporary loss of smell
  • bloody discharge – post nasal drip continues for a few weeks
  • Scab formation in nose
  • Light headache
  • If you have a nasal splint (internally or externally) this will be removed by Dr Mol in a weeks time.

Danger signs:

  • Active bleeding – sit up straight with ice (crushed in a plastic bag) on the nose, forehead and neck. If bleeding doesn’t stop in a half and hour’s time please contact your doctor.
  • Severe headache.
  • High temperature
  • Neck stiffness.
  • Light sensitivity.

Avoid the following:

  • Any contact sport.
  • Injuries in the nose.
  • Direct sun contact in case of a total nose reconstruction.
  • Do not rinse the nose before doctor gave you permission.

How to rinse the nose:

  • Use the prescribed Salex SSR (200ml) bottle to mix your sachet of salt in “cooled down” boiled water.
  • Use half of the bottle per nostril two to three times daily for at least 2 weeks.
  • Use the Sterimar nasal spray throughout the day (5-10x) aswell.

Advantages of saltwater:
1. It cleans the nose.
2. Opens up the nose by drawing fluid from the mucus membranes to reduce edema.   (swelling)
3. It also improves the working of the small cillia hair-cells in the nose.

You will have a plaster on the nose for one week following a rhinoplasty operation.  The plaster will then be removed by Dr. Mol  7 – 10 days later.  During this time it is important not to wear any spectacles or sunglasses as excessive pressure on the nose is to be avoided at all costs while the bone repairs.  After removal of the dressings the skin of the nose is very sensitive to sun and wind and a protective Factor 15+ SPF sunscreen should be applied at all times when outdoors.   

We wish you a speedy recovery !