Modern nose job techniques are leading to much faster, far less painful recoveries. In fact, the most challenging part of recovering from rhinoplasty might be the slight lifestyle changes you will need to make in the first few weeks following surgery.
Early in your post-surgery recovery, for example, the nose needs substantial time to heal itself and set its shape. To accomplish this, patients are typically fitted with intranasal splints which are worn for up to a week following surgery. It?s also important to be extremely careful and avoid putting pressure or stress on the still-healing nose, during these first few weeks.
So what exactly should patients expect to do post-surgery? Here are five quick tips for a speedy rhinoplasty recovery:
Keep the Head Elevated
Following surgery, the nose will be swollen and this swelling will decrease day by day. That?s why it?s important to keep the head elevated above the heart after undergoing rhinoplasty. This will reduce swelling and can deter bleeding, and as you will experience congestion following the surgery, this position can help facilitate breathing. You will need to sleep in this elevated position, as well. A reclining chair that keeps the head raised is one suggestion for remaining comfortable and elevated.
Avoid Strenuous Exercise
You will be sore following surgery, and chances are you won?t be interested in exercising in those first few days. But even as you being to feel better, you should avoid strenuous exercise, especially cardio and other workouts that include intense movement. Your nose is still healing and taking shape, and the extreme up-and-down motions can slow or complicate the healing process. After the first two weeks, it?s typically advised to ease back into your workouts. Before returning to full workouts, consult with your plastic surgeon for advice.
Choose Soft Foods
Chewy and tough foods like steak and chewing gum should be avoided in the first few weeks following surgery. The extra chewing that is required for these foods can slow the healing process, and may even exacerbate swelling and bleeding. Instead, opt for soft foods, particularly in the first few weeks, including dishes like soup, apple sauce and mashed potatoes. Be sure to ask your doctor when it?s appropriate to return to chewier, solid foods.
Be Careful With Hygiene
You?ll need to alter your hygiene activities like brushing your teeth and bathing following surgery. First, you should be extremely careful when bathing in the first few days. In these cases, it?s typically beneficial to have a spouse or partner help you into the bath, and it?s important to avoid wetting the face. Additionally, as you brush your teeth, you should brush more lightly. Your doctor will provide you a timeline when you can return to normal bathing and brushing, following your surgery.
Quitting smoking is beneficial to your health at any time. But following an elective surgery like rhinoplasty it?s especially important. Smoking slows the flow of blood to the nose, which will delay healing and can increase swelling. Several studies, as well, have shown that non-smokers have faster recoveries following facial surgeries. If you smoke, be prepared to quit smoking before and after your surgery for up to three weeks.
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