Summary: Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is perennially one of the nation’s most popular cosmetic procedures. According to recent industry statistics, there were 147,996 nose jobs performed last year, which was almost a 3% increase from the previous year. And the procedure has been among the top for many years in a row.


Popular as it is, even a quick online search reveals that patients have a lot of questions about this complex procedure. On the online user forum RealSelf, for instance, people considering rhinoplasty have submitted thousands of questions for doctors to answer. If you’re unhappy with the look of your nose and are considering this procedure, you likely haven’t considered all these issues. Check out some of the most interesting questions.

What if I sneeze during my recovery?

Patients should refrain from blowing their noses and sniffing for a few weeks after rhinoplasty surgery, but there’s no stopping a sneeze. If you have chronic allergies, be sure to discuss that with your surgeon beforehand. He or she may recommend a medication to control your allergies. If you have to sneeze, keep your mouth open to limit the amount of pressure on your nose. A few sneezes shouldn’t cause major problems, though.

Are nosebleeds a major concern?

Although you should talk to your plastic surgeon before your procedure if you are prone to chronic nosebleeds, some bleeding during your recovery is not a major problem. According to Dr. Mahlon Kerr, who performs rhinoplasty in Austin, some inner structures of your nose are swollen and fragile during recovery, so minor bleeding is normal. Don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon if you are concerned, though.

Does non-surgical rhinoplasty really work?

There are a number of very skilled facial surgeons in the U.S. who perform a nose job, of sorts, using only minimally invasive dermal fillers. These injections can change the appearance of the nose in minor ways by filling in certain spots and drawing attention away from areas of concern. The procedures can have an excellent effect, but they only work for minor cosmetic correction. Fillers aren’t the same as rhinoplasty and results only last from 6 to 12 months.

What should I eat after rhinoplasty?

Although there’s no specific diet you must stick to, it’s best to avoid anything spicy at first. For one thing, bland foods are wise just after anesthesia, when you may be more prone to nausea. Also, spicy foods and even hot liquids can dilate your blood vessels slightly, which could cause bleeding, and spicy food may make your nose run. Fiber is good after surgery, and hydration is important. Your doctor can give you more specifics.

Can I wear my glasses after nose surgery?

Unfortunately, no. This is an issue for a lot of patients. It’s usually OK to wear glasses on top of a splint, but once that is removed after a few days, glasses against the bare nose aren’t wise. Most surgeons recommend not wearing glasses for about a month after rhinoplasty because they place pressure on the bridge of the nose. Some ways to alleviate the pressure include taping the glasses to the forehead or putting foam on the nose-pieces. Some pharmacies also sell a cheek rest device that relieves the pressure.

These are just a few of the questions patients have asked online while planning or recovering from rhinoplasty. Be sure to do your homework before undergoing any procedure, and get answers from a board-certified plastic surgeon.