If you want to change the shape of your nose for aesthetic or medical reasons, we’re sure you would have researched the various options available. Before you make your decision, downtime and recovery is an important aspect of such a change. Consider how much time and money you can afford to spend on aftercare, changes in diet and exercise, and also the discomfort before making your decision with absolute certainty.



Rhinoplasty is a facial cosmetic surgery performed to enhance the structure and shape of the nose. Usually, it involves modifying the nasal cartilages, bones or tissue.

What is the post-operative care for Rhinoplasty?

Surprisingly, it is not an unbearably painful surgery as most patients are able to get by with pain relief medication. What is most likely to bother patients is the feeling of congestion and stuffiness for a couple of weeks. To deal with post-operative bleeding, a packing material will be placed in the nose which should be removed at a scheduled post-operative visit a few days after the surgery.

After this step, breathing through the nose will become much easier, and the patient will have to use a saline nasal spray several times a day to prevent crusts from forming in the nose. Do not be alarmed if some light blood spots flow from this. In case of excessive bleeding, apply ice and rest with the head elevated while gently holding the nose.

For the first few weeks, try to minimize excessive talking, smiling, hard chewing, lifting heavy objects, bumping the nose, and bending over. Wearing spectacles will, of course, be quite painful until the nose fully heals!

You can resume exercise and swimming after around three weeks when your doctor confirms it is okay to do so. It is also advisable not to travel for three weeks following the surgery to allow for proper post-operative recovery and healing.

You should see 80% of the end results from the surgery within three weeks of your procedure when the swelling has subsided.

Not-To-Dos for Rhinoplasty

  • Eat large or hard foods that require you to open your mouth very wide, such as steaks, chips or sandwiches.
  • Eat spicy foods that can cause your nose to run.
  • Ignore signs of complications or infection. You should consult your doctor as soon as you feel something is wrong during the rhinoplasty recovery process.
  • Consume alcohol or tobacco products.
  • Skip your follow up appointments.

To-Dos for Rhinoplasty

  • Attend all of your follow up appointments as scheduled.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take only the medication that are prescribed by your doctor.
  • Stay hydrated by having sufficient water intake.
  • Use ice packs as needed to reduce swelling.
  • Pay attention to your emotional well being. It may be an emotionally challenging period in the first few weeks as you are not able to lead your usual lifestyle while managing the pain.

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Nose Thread Lift

Also known as the ‘lunch time’ procedure, a nose thread lift is a non-surgical procedure in which short threads are placed on the nasal bridge to bring about the exact nose shape, height, and definition the patient wants.

Patients can get results which are comparable to a rhinoplasty, except that the “threads” are dissolvable within 1-2 years. This procedure usually takes two hours and patients are expected to be able to return to their normal lifestyle in 3 days.

What is the post-operative care for a Nose Thread Lift?

You may feel a little discomfort during the first 48 hours after the procedure but this can be managed with doctor-prescribed painkillers. You can move around right after the nose thread lift but avoid any heavy lifting, excessive talking or strenuous activity for 2-3 days.

You should keep your head elevated while resting and apply ice 4-5 times a day to reduce the swelling. Eat soft foods or drink liquids for 7-10 days after the procedure but avoid using a straw. A day or two after the thread lift, you can wash your hair using lukewarm water and baby shampoo.

Not-To-Dos for Nose Thread Lift

  • Consume alcohol, supplements such as Vitamin E, omega fish oils, and some Chinese medicines for a few days before and after the nose thread lift procedure.
  • Visit the steam room, sauna or engage in heavy exercise such as High-Intensity Interval Training.
  • Engage in exaggerated facial movements like chewing, talking, yawning for 3 weeks.

To-Dos for Nose Thread Lift

  • Apply ice to the treated area immediately for 5-10 minutes, and regularly for the next 2-3 days.
  • Sleep on your back and elevate your head for the first three nights.
  • Clean your face gently.


Nose Filler

Nose filler augmentation is a medical procedure in which injectable fillers, usually hyaluronic acid, are used to alter and shape a nose without invasive surgery. It is a quick procedure about 15-20 mins long, is reversible and temporary as the nose fillers dissolve after 12 months.

What is the post-operative care for a Nose Filler?

Immediately after the treatment, you may observe redness, bruises, swelling or tenderness for a few hours to a few days. Take doctor-approved painkillers if necessary for the slight pain and use cold compresses every few hours for 1-2 days to reduce swelling.

Usually, a paper tape will be applied to minimize your facial movements which can be left in place overnight and ideally for three days. Until the initial swelling and redness have dissipated, avoid exposing the treated area to intense heat or extreme cold. Avoid wearing spectacles and exercising for about 2 weeks following the procedure as the dermal filler is still malleable at this point and could leave indentations. Two weeks after your treatment, the nose filler should have settled into its final result.

Although infection and vascular complications rarely happen, a detailed consultation with your doctor is necessary to find out what the risks are and if the doctor is skilled enough to carry out the treatment.

In all of these methods of nose augmentation, there is also a psychological component of healing that takes place as your brain must integrate your new look with your self-image. With support from your family and advice from your doctor, you should be able to navigate the nose augmentation healing process successfully.

Not-To-Dos for Nose Filler

  • Expose yourself to extreme temperatures, such as in a sauna or ice room.
  • Drink alcohol or partake in strenuous exercise, as it may result in additional bruising.

To-Dos for Nose Filler

  • Go for follow-up visits for review and touch-up treatment as advised by your doctor.