5 Items That Will Help You Recover from Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

Before you come in for rhinoplasty, head to the store and pick up these recovery essentials. Our patients find that these five items help make the recovery process more comfortable and enjoyable.

Lip Balm

One thing that surprises many rhinoplasty patients is how dry their mouth gets. After surgery, you’ll have to breathe exclusively out of your mouth for several days. This leads to a dry mouth and dry lips. We’re not talking about slightly dry, but the worst dryness you’ve ever felt in your life. Get a good lip balm and use it often to keep your lips from drying out and cracking.


Sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first few weeks. You’ll want to have several extra pillows on hand to help with positioning. Some patients like using a travel U-shaped pillow when resting or sleeping.


Dry air can make your mouth and lips feel drier after rhinoplasty. Many of our patients use a humidifier to keep the air moist. This is especially helpful during the winter when the air is naturally less humid and to counteract the drying effects of indoor heating.

Easy to Eat Foods

Stock your fridge with easy to eat foods before your surgery. Many patients enjoy things like:

  • Pudding
  • Smoothies
  • Applesauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Mashed or baked potatoes
  • Soup

Avoid hot (temperature) or spicy foods. Some patients feel a bit nauseous, especially the day after surgery. You may want to have some saltine crackers or other mild foods available if you’re not feeling well.

Lots of Beverages

Hydration is essential after rhinoplasty. Being properly hydrated helps the body to heal and reduces the discomfort associated with a dry mouth and lips. Water is always a top pick, but many patients want some variety. Gatorade and juices can be other great options. Avoid carbonation, caffeine, and alcohol until you’ve been cleared by Dr. Epstein.

A little preparation for your rhinoplasty can make the recovery process much more enjoyable. We’ll give you other tips as you prepare for your surgery. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. We’re always here to help.