In order to achieve full rhinoplasty recovery, it’s important that you take care of your nose and face after having a rhinoplasty. Aftercare helps ensure complication-free healing, and helps maintain the results of the surgery. To not take care of your newly sculpted nose would be a waste of time and money, so it’s important to make the effort to take proper care of yourself after the procedure, and always.
You'll need to rest for the first four to seven days following your rhinoplasty surgery. Make sure you've arranged to take time off from work or school for this.
If you experience pain or nausea during your rhinoplasty recovery, take the medication your doctor prescribed. If the pain or nausea doesn't subside or increases, contact us.
For the first several nights following surgery, sleep on your back with your upper body elevated to reduce swelling. During the day, you can sit up and walk, but try not to bend down or lie flat.
Avoid taking hot showers or baths because steam from hot water can increase swelling.
Avoid bending over far enough that your head is below your heart. This can also make swelling worse.
Avoid salty foods. Sodium can cause fluid retention, which can also worsen swelling.
Try eating foods that are rich in bromelain and vitamin K. both of which help reduce swelling. Pineapples are rich in bromelain. Foods that are rich in vitamin K include yogurt, eggs, and lettuce.
You may apply cold compresses to the areas around your nose and eyes to reduce swelling. However, do not apply a cold compress directly to your nose.
Your bandages and splint will be removed one to two weeks after surgery, depending on how you're healing. But it can take three months to a year before you see the final results.
Neglecting proper aftercare can lead to complications. Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions for post-surgical care. Be sure you follow them carefully.
What Factors Can Affect Rhinoplasty Recovery?
- Whether you had a surgical rhinoplasty, or a non-surgical nose job
- Whether you had a facial implant placed in your nose during surgery
- The extent of correction needed to achieve your goals
- Whether you have a reaction to the general anesthesia used to perform the procedure
- Your overall physical condition, age, and health prior to surgery
- Whether you’ve undergone any previous nose or facial surgeries
- Whether or not you smoke. Smoking restricts circulation, and can impede healing.
- How well you follow pre-operative and post-operative care instructions
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