5 Important Things to Remember for Rhinoplasty Recovery
The nose is made up of bones, cartilage, and several soft-tissue components. Rhinoplasty is a delicate and intricate surgical procedure that reshapes the nose according to a person’s desires. It can make the nose bigger or smaller, alter the bridge or the nostrils, and even change the angle of the tip in relation to your upper lip.
Because rhinoplasty is complex procedure that affects the structure of your nose, it is essential to keep in mind five key tips while recovering.
1. Do Not Perform Any Strenuous Physical Activities
After the rhinoplasty surgery, you will need to avoid any strenuous exercises for a couple of weeks. Stay away from playing sports such as volleyball, football, and basketball that require a lot of moving and running around. These activities carry the constant risk of potential physical injury, which can negatively affect the results and lead to complications.
You must also avoid swimming and diving for similar reasons. Apart from the possibility of getting hit by someone or something, you would face the risk of getting chlorine in your nose, which can be unpleasant and painful during healing. Therefore, to be completely safe, stay away from the swimming pool for about a month.
2. Do Not Wear Glasses
After the rhinoplasty surgery, you will be advised not to wear glasses for at least four weeks. The less pressure you put on your nose, the better your results will be. After the surgery, your nasal tissues will be weakened for a time, so any encumbrance has the potential to cause permanent nasal problems.
Because of this, if you normally wear glasses, it will be necessary to wear contact lenses during recovery.
3. Wear Sunscreen and Do Not Overexpose Yourself to The Sun
During summers, it is always recommended that we apply sunscreen regularly before prolonged exposure to the sun. This is even more important right after rhinoplasty and for several months afterwards, because lack of sun protection could lead to permanent discoloration of the nose.
4. Adopt and Maintain a Balanced Diet
During the rhinoplasty recovery period, a low-salt diet is recommended, as it can aid in minimizing fluid retention in the nasal tip. A low-salt diet should begin right before the surgery and continue during the recovery period. It is also recommended that patients eat soft foods for the first week or two.
According to numerous medical records, it has been seen that eating unhealthy dishes can cause inflammation after the surgery and may also slow down recovery.
5. Quit Smoking
According to experienced plastic surgeons, it is imperative to quit smoking at least one month before rhinoplasty and to continue to avoid it for at least three weeks after the surgery. Smoking negatively impacts the health of the skin tissues and affects the way the body heals, slowing down the process a great detail.
If you’re interested in learning more about the rhinoplasty recovery process and the details of the procedure itself, feel free to contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Jason Roth today.