To have a successful nasal surgery, your recovery period is just as important as your actual surgery.
- Revision rhinoplasty
- Septoplasty and nasal reconstruction
- And even non-surgical rhinoplasty
While it’s up to your facial plastic surgeon to create the nasal structure you desire, the responsibility of a safe healing process will all rest on your shoulders. To heal well, you’ll need to know exactly what to do and what not to do. It’s important to follow your facial plastic surgeon’s advice exactly and not get overwhelmed with details. Plan ahead for a smooth rhinoplasty recovery free of any of these:
Don’t Break That New Nose
Usually, doctors would recommend regular exercise to keep you healthy, but not after a plastic surgery procedure. Especially following rhinoplasty surgery, your typical aerobic workout and weight lifting schedule will be put on hold by order of your facial plastic surgeon.
Rest is important, of course, but avoiding vigorous activity can also protect you from injury or delayed healing as well. When your surgeon does give you the okay for some light activity again, be sure you don’t overdo it.
Stay Healthy to Avoid a Runny Nose
As you heal from rhinoplasty surgery, any nasal congestion you experience from colds, viruses, or allergies could become quite bothersome. Even after you’ve removed the support bandages or casts, you won’t be able to safely blow your nose until you have completely healed. It’s best to avoid the sniffles as much as possible for a safe recovery process and successful rhinoplasty results.
Before your surgery, wash your hands regularly and avoid anyone with active signs of illness. Be careful in public restrooms, at the gym, and even at work about what you touch and who you encounter. Get your flu shot before the season begins to up your chances of staying healthy. Finally, if you do suffer from allergies, make sure to keep up with your usual antihistamines and other allergy-proofing strategies at home during your recovery. Any sniffles you can skip are worth it.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Scar tissue is much different from regular skin tissue and can be quite delicate for the first year of healing. Especially during the spring and summer, keeping sunscreen on your nose can protect both scar tissue and regular skin in the area.
UV rays are dangerous for many reasons, but when you’re healing from any surgery or injury, the scar tissue can become more visible thanks to pigment changes caused by UV exposure. Choose a strong SPF sunscreen for optimum protection. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon for recommendations if you’re not sure where to start.
Don’t Wear Your Glasses or Sunglasses
If you wear glasses regularly, even just sunglasses for driving, you’ll be asked to set them aside during your recovery process. As the nose heals, the bones and cartilage of your nasal structure will be soft and malleable.
Even the lightest eyeglass frames can cause too much pressure on the nasal bridge, possibly distorting your results. Wearing glasses too early could permanently affect the shape of your nose, sometimes causing a need for a second or revision rhinoplasty surgery to correct it. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon about the right time to start wearing your glasses again without risking any damage.
Avoid Lying Flat and Keep Your Head Elevated
When you’re recovering from any facial surgery, including rhinoplasty, it’s important to keep your head elevated at all times. Even while sleeping, your head should be kept at a slight angle to reduce blood flow to the healing area. Doing so can encourage a fast and complete recovery and even reduce your chances of developing harmful side effects like hematoma.
Whatever you do, avoid lying flat on your back during those first critical days and weeks of recovery after your rhinoplasty surgery. Your surgeon will give you a clear timeline so you’ll know exactly how long to keep your head propped up at night.
Schedule a Consultation Today for a Successful Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a delicate operation. Dr. Naderi takes the time to go over all of your options. With the latest digital computer imaging technology, he can show you before and after pictures of yourself during the initial consultation. Dr. Naderi has dedicated his practice to rhinoplasty. He always looks for the best solution, uniquely tailored to improve each patient’s nasal form and functions.
Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, is a Washington, D.C. metro area facial plastic surgeon. His practice, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery, has two offices conveniently located in Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020) and Herndon, VA (703-481-0002). Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.
He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. If you’re considering nasal cosmetic surgery, contact the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery today.