So you’ve just had your rhinoplasty surgery and your nose will look better than ever. Congrats! However, you still have to deal with the frustrating pain surrounding your nose for at least a couple of days after the surgery. Thankfully, there are some medications that one can take to relieve the pain and make recovery easier. But if the pain gets unmanageable get in touch with your surgeon to identify the cause of the problem. Meanwhile, consider the following prior to seeing your surgeon.
Is the pain severe?
While it varies from patient to another, most people say that the pain is often quite bearable or at worst, moderate. It doesn’t last for long either; rhinoplasty pain usually lasts from 2 to 3 days at most regardless of its intensity.
Management Using Medications
If rhinoplasty pain is too much for you, then don’t worry about taking analgesics to make you feel better. However, not all analgesics are allowed after a rhinoplasty so we’ll go through these.
For starters, ingesting paracetamol (Tylenol and Panadol) is completely acceptable within the recommended dose. You can take up to 1 to 2 tablets per time every 6 hours, maximum 8 tablets of a 500 mg paracetamol tablet.
However, you cannot take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs without asking your doctor first. These drugs like ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin have the tendency to increase bleeding so unless the doctor says that it is safe for you to ingest them within a definite dose, you shouldn’t take them on your own.
What about homeopathic and alternate medicine?
Some patients may prefer to seek the help of homeopathic medicine, namely preparations containing Arnica montana, a plant known for its anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. However, ingesting any preparations containing this herb is not recommended, as it might cause side-effects that hinder your healing after the surgery and prolong the time needed to completely recover. If you wish to take this herb in particular, make sure to ask your doctor first.
Finally, make sure to get a lot of rest and avoid touching your nose as much as possible after the surgery. If the pain becomes too severe or doesn’t go away after 3 days at most, contact your doctor,