Tips on How to Recover from Rhinoplasty

One of the most common plastic surgeries these days is rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job. There are a lot of different reasons why some people get rhinoplasty or a nose job. Some people who sustained facial injuries that damaged their nose’s structure get a nose job to help prevent or get rid of breathing problems. However, one of the most common reasons why many people get a nose job is because of cosmetic purposes. Another common reason why rhinoplasty will be recommended is due to a deviated septum or nasal septum deviation.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Swelling and Bruising after Rhinoplasty

Since rhinoplasty involves incisions and insertion of implants, patients who underwent rhinoplasty should observe proper care to their noses for them to recover quickly without any complications from rhinoplasty.

  1. If you have work or school, you may want to choose a schedule for your surgery when you can take a week or two from work, or when you have school, during long vacation. It will usually take 1 week to 2 weeks for rhinoplasty to heal. For the first few weeks, there will be obvious swelling and bruising around the nose, which will not look good. Take a rest from your usual activities for faster healing or recovery time.
  2. Every after rhinoplasty, the nose will be splinted to maintain its new shape. The nose will also be wrapped with packing to help in absorbing secretions and most importantly blood. Always leave your nose’s packing intact until your plastic surgeon will remove it.
  3. Never blow your nose several weeks after rhinoplasty. Blowing your nose will just cause bleeding and it can slow down healing time. Blowing the nose will just cause an increase pressure in the nasal passages, which can slow down the healing process.
  4. Drink liberal amounts of water to prevent dehydration and eat a well-balanced meal. Dehydration will just prolong the recovery time. Eating a well-balanced meal can provide your body with the right and proper nourishment, which can be beneficial in rhinoplasty’s recovery time.
  5. Sleep with your head and upper body elevated for the first few weeks after rhinoplasty. Sleeping with your upper body elevated can help in decreasing swelling faster, while sleeping flat on your back will just aggravate the swelling, thus prolonging healing time. And also, never sleep on your side after rhinoplasty. Sleep in a supine position with your neck and head comfortably elevated.

Author: M.L.G

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