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Dr. Grigoryants’ Post-rhinoplasty Instructions

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The following instructions are given to Dr. Grigoryants’ patients after rhinoplasty. These instructions may be modified for each patient depending on what was performed during surgery.

First day after surgery:  Keep you upper back elevated 30-40 degrees.  Apply cold compress (cloth soaked in cold water or crushed ice  in a glove placed over a cloth) during the first 24 hours. Avoid applying anything frozen directly on the skin.  Start taking antibiotics (prescribed by Dr. Grigoryants) the same evening and prescribed pain and nausea medications as needed (read instruction labels on the medications).

Facial swelling tends to get worse during the first 3 days after surgery and improves by the fifth day after surgery.  Call Dr. Grigoryants’ office to schedule your postoperative appointment 5-7 after surgery.

Starting day 3 : Start cleaning the bottom of the nose gently using cotton balls or facial tissue soaked in warm water.  Apply Vaseline on the  rims of the nostrils once a day. Do not put Q-tips inside the nose.

Day 5-7:  Dr. Grigoryants will remove your splints and sutures if nostrils were narrowed.  Having the nostrils lubricated with vaseline prior to the appointment makes suture removal less uncomfortable.  Dr. Grigoryants does not use nasal packing.

- Irrigate the nose with saline spray (also known as Ocean spray).  Apply Vaseline inside the nose at night for two weeks using a corner of an open paper napkin rolled into a cylindrical shape (Q-tips are too stiff and my cause injury ).  Sutures and dry secretions/dry blood will come out. Breathing will improve.

- Tape your nose only at night.  Although taping will not affect the final result, it will help minimize  swelling that develops overnight during the early postoperative period.

- Avoid alcohol and  blood thinners (aspirin, motrin, advil, excedrin, naproxen, ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids, herbal  supplements ) for 2 weeks after surgery.

- Showers, make up, facial creams can be restarted.

Nose blowing: Can be started gently 2 weeks after surgery.

Driving:  You may drive when facial swelling is not impairing vision and you are no longer taking pain medications.

Exercises:  Avoid bending for 2 weeks after surgery.  Exercises can be resumed 1 month after surgery.

Swimming:  Swimming with submerging head in the water can be started 2 months after surgery.

Sun exposure: You may be in the sun but avoid prolonged exposure. Use a hat to protect your nose.

Pore strips:  May be resumed 3 months after surgery.

Unpleasant smell in the nose: May occur in some patients after rhinoplasty and will go away over time.

Stiff upper lip and smile:  Usually resolves by 2-3 months after surgery.

Flying on airplanes:  You may fly 7 days after surgery. Dr. Grigoryants will review special in-flight care instructions with you.

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants at 818 952-7070 or via email at  vladgrigor@gmail.com

 

Physical Activity After Rhinoplasty

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Instructions given to Dr. Grigoryants Patients

Walking –   The next day after rhinoplasty

No bending for 2 weeks

Light running – 3 weeks after surgery

Weight Lifting-   start gradually 1 month after surgery.

Swimming – 2 months after surgery .

Rhinoplasty to Improve a Facial Balance – Front View Analysis

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

 

Rhinoplasty requires  not just surgical skills but also understanding of facial proportions.  Preoperatively, patients frequently ask how narrow should my bones or tip be or how much will my tip be lifted.

The following are general observations of facial-nasal relationship found in models.

1.  The width of the nostrils is about the width of the vertical lines drawn from the inner corners of the eyes

2. Nasal bony base width is narrower than the alar (nostril) base width

3. Tip width slightly wider than the width of the filtrum (cental portion of the upper lip)

4. Position of the tip slightly higher than base of the nostrils

 

The front view of the patient below shows how nose surgery can improve facial-nasal harmony.  This patient underwent closed rhinoplasty.

Many patients, however, may have specific preferences as to how they would like their noses reshaped.  A detailed discussion between the patient and  nose surgeon  considering the  patient’s goals and reshaping suggestions from the  surgeon typically results a well thought out plan and best chances for a successful outcome.

To view more before and after photos of Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants patients, visit  our photo gallery

Nasal taping after rhinoplasty

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants removes the nasal splint 5-7 days after rhinoplasty. His  patients are instructed to tape the nose for at least  3-4 weeks every night. Although taping affect the final result, it will reduce swelling in the morning.  The nose, especially the tip of the nose tends to swell overnight. Having the tape minimize that swelling.  Our patients frequently report that when they do not tape the nose, they wake up with a thicker appearing nose.   A special light brown paper tape will be given to our patients when the splint comes off. We will also show how to tape the nose.  Some patients may develop irritation from the tape in which cases they will be instructed to stop taping.  Foods rich in salt, alcohol, and strenuous physical activity may increase swelling.

Visit our rhinoplasty page to learn more about rhinoplasty with Dr Vladimir Grigoryants.

Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants reviews swelling after rhinoplasty

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Patient undergoing rhinoplasty need to be prepared to experience different staging of swelling.
Unfortunately, there is no way to have rhinoplasty without swelling and take more time for swelling to resolve after rhinoplasty than after other plastic surgical procedures. Swelling after closed rhinoplasty tends to resolve faster than after open rhinoplasty.

1. Onset of swelling. Swelling develops around the nose and upper face day 1-3 after surgery and tends to look more pronounced during these first 3 days. This usually happens in patients who had work on the nasal bones.

2. Splint Removal . In our practice, the splint comes off on day 5-7 after surgery. At this stage, most of pronounced swelling around the eyes has improved. There may be swelling in the bridge of the nose, face, and upper lip. Noticeable facial swelling improves fast over the next 7-10 days. The upper lip may appear longer and the smile may feel stiff. This resolves gradually within 30-60 days. The tip may look more upturned and it will come down over the next 7-14 days.

3. Upper part of the nose. Although the entire nose will be gradually shrinking and softening, swelling in the upper part of the nose will be resolving faster. By 30-60 days after surgery most upper nasal swelling will subside and the skin will feel soft in the upper part of the nose.

4. The tip. Although one may read online that it takes one year for all nasal swelling to go away, the reality is that it takes several years for all swelling to go away before you can see the final shape. At the end of the first year after surgery, the patients are likely to see 85-90% of swelling resolution and by the end of the second year almost all of swelling will resolve. Patients with think nasal skin may take longer to heal. Once nasal tip swelling resolves, the tip feels softer and tip cartilages become more visible and easier to feel.

To learn more about rhinoplasty with Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants, visit our rhinoplasty page.

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Dr. Grigoryants Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon provides plastic surgery services throughout Southern California including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Encino, Huntington Park, Studio City, Arcadia, Montrose, Hollywood, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Valencia, Monrovia, Eagle Rock, Altadena, San Marino, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, North Hollywood, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Calabasas, Palmdale, Fresno, Northridge, and Westlake Village, and Simi Valley.

Our Plastic Surgery center in Glendale, Los Angeles, California specializes primarily in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery inclding breast enlargement, breast augmentation, breast implants, liposuction, tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, cosmetic facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose surgery, nose job), Forehead Lift, Eyelid Surgery and other body contouring procedures. The center led by an expert Los Angeles Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. As a board certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Grigoryants is dedicated to providing high quality yet affordable cosmetic plastic surgery options to Los Angeles patients and being the best plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills.

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