Taking Care of Your Brand New Nose

Whether your nose surgery was for cosmetic or functional reasons, you want to recover as soon as possible after the surgery without experiencing any complications. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, we know that your recovery is important to the overall success of your procedure.
Your initial recovery will take two weeks or more, although you will have residual swelling for a few weeks. Here are some tips to give you a speedy recovery from this game-changing cosmetic procedure:

  • Limit facial muscle movements — Recovery from rhinoplasty is only temporary, so try to limit laughing and smiling — being careful to not open it too hard and too wide. Keep your nose from stretching too much or from being hit. In addition to that, opt for food that is easy to chew. Limit harder foods to chew such as steak.
  • Protect your nose from the sun — Unprotected sun exposure can cause permanent discoloration in your nose after rhinoplasty. Apply 30+ spf sunscreen and wear protective clothing.
  • Use the right apparel — One thing you would want to do after surgery is to wear apparel that would not require you to have physical contact on the nose area. Also, don’t wear sunglasses or reading glasses. If you need regular glasses tape them above your bridge. During this time, avoid tops that must be pulled over your head, such as sweaters and t-shirts. Button-down shirts are your best choice as you recover, as they minimize nose movement and possible bumping while changing.
  • Just do light exercises — Fitness junkies can adjust to lighter workouts that restrict the up-and-down movement of the body. Also, don’t participate in sports that put you at risk of hitting your nose. Lastly, your nose may feel tender during recovery, which makes swimming, diving, and similar exercise a temporary no-no until you’re fully healed.

With the right tips and adequate patience, gracefully recovering from rhinoplasty is easy. For other recovery tips, the team at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery can answer any of your questions.

Rhinoplasty 101

Rhinoplasty in Jacksonville, FLRhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes your nose. If you feel like your nose is out of proportion to the rest of your face, or if you are embarrassed about the size or shape of your nose, rhinoplasty may be a good option for you. Here’s what you should know about the procedure:


Before the procedure, your doctor will give you instructions. Follow these instructions closely. Before the procedure, make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the surgery is over and make arrangements to take 7-10 days off of work. You should also set up a recovery area with plenty of pillows, and prepare ice packs ahead of time. Remember not to take anti-inflammatory drugs before the procedure since they could interfere with the surgery and the healing process. It is also important to quit smoking, if you do smoke, since smoking can increase risks during the surgery and hinder the healing process.


The procedure will probably take 1-2 hours. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia will be used depending on your individual situation. During the procedure, the surgeon will make adjustments depending on your current nose shape and your desired nose shape. In some cases cartilage will be removed from the edge of the nose, in other cases excess bone and cartilage will be removed to get rid of a bump on the nose. This surgery can also be used to make the nose more narrow, to make the nostrils less prominent, or to correct a previously broken nose. The specific procedure will vary based on each individual.


After the procedure is complete, the surgeon will use a splint to hold the shape of the nose. In some cases, splints or padding will also be placed inside the nose. Splints can usually be removed a few days after the surgery.   Most patients can return home the same day, but they’ll need someone else to drive. Once you get home, keep your head elevated (even while sleeping), apply a cold compress to your nose to reduce swelling and pain, use a saline nose spray to keep the nose moist, and avoid touching your nose as much as possible.   To learn more about the procedure, contact Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery for a consultation.

Learn more about Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) in Jacksonville, FL

The nose is such a prominent feature of your face that the decision to undergo a nose surgery is an important one. Not only is it an important feature in defining our physical identity, it also plays a vital role in your five major senses. With so much vital importance on the nose, it’s hard to believe so many Americans are unhappy with theirs. In fact, a new study found that 63,585 Americans went under the knife last year to correct the physical appearance of their nose. If you’re considering nose surgery, it’s important to understand a few key factors of the surgery prior to scheduling your consultation with Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

What is nose surgery?

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a plastic surgery done to improve the appearance of the nose. During a nose surgery, the surgeon can decrease or increase the size of the nose by altering the bridge or tip of the nose. The surgeon may also narrow or alter the shape of the nostrils to improve the appearance as well. Continue reading