If you are considering a rhinoplasty, or any procedure for that matter, it is important to be prepared for your post op journey. There are many aspects you don’t even think about or expect so it’s always helpful to be prepared by talking to your PC, nurse or other patients like myself.

These are some areas I’ve encountered 6 days in…

It feels like you have a huge cold...

You can't taste or smell much at all at this point, just like you can't when you have a cold in the winter. That full on bunged up feeling. Food lacks in taste and your appetite can even change. The worst part about it is blowing your nose is pretty much illegal within the first 6 weeks of a nose job.

Your nose WILL swell...

The first thought I had when they removed the cotton pad from the bottom half of my nose was oh; they've made my nose look like a potato. When the splint is still on but the packing has been removed, the swelling can move to this area which is completely normal. Talking to other Rhino girls, their swelling varies over the first year. Everyone is different but the important thing to realise is that swelling is normal.

Puffy Eyes

On the second day I woke up with my eyes practically shut - this is because of the swelling and bruising. I have seen some patients whose eyes look normal and others who look like they’ve been stung by a bee and had an allergic reaction. It is all normal and this swelling tends to go down over the first 14 days.

Co-codamol will be your best friend or your enemy...

This is the pain medication supplied by MYA. This will either make you nauseous or you will be so relaxed you can fall asleep anywhere. It made me zone out A LOT, it was helpful. However, one gross fact is it can make you constipated therefore making your stomach feel swollen and uncomfortable, which does at least distract from your nose I suppose. It is worthwhile discussing with your nurse, should you feel like the medication is not agreeing you.

Get your partner some earplugs...

You will snore, it’s a fact! Your whole nasal area is blocked up meaning you will need to breathe through your mouth. The amount of times I woke myself up by snoring that loud makes me feel pretty bad for my boyfriend.

KEEP WATER AT THE SIDE OF YOU AT ALL TIMES...

Whilst you have your packing in, you will breathe out of your mouth which means it is a damn desert up in there. Every half hour you will be waking up from your slumber in desperate need of a drink. Some people recommend using straws or a bottle to drink out of because it is way easier that trying to keep a glass rim away from your nose. Your nurse also encourages you to drink plenty as it will help with your recovery.

Getting your packing out is a dream...

You wont feel satisfaction like it until they pull your packing out of your nostrils. As grim at it is, they are literally like two slugs that have helped combat the bleeding in your nose over the past few days. You can breathe, and everything is good again. It’s nothing to fear and although for some it can be uncomfortable, it is in no way painful.

These are just a few of the random areas I have acknowledged throughout the healing process of my nose and I'm only on day 6. I'm sure there's a lot more to be discovered along my post op journey but I hope this helps you in yours.