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Rhinoplasty recovery tips

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Rhinoplasty is also known as nose reshaping. Nose shaping, or, nose jobs, can make the nose smaller, larger, change the angle of the nose, alter the tip, correct bumps, indentations, or other defects in the nose. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery for beauty enhancement to make the face more attractive and to be in proportion with the features of the face. Many people are unhappy with their noses - either what they were born with, or through the way of aging or a deformity that has happened along the way. When people want a new nose there are many points they may miss when thinking about the process.

Before the surgery

A good rapport between the patient and the surgeon will yield a successful plastic surgery. All questions and concerns are best addressed at the time of the consultation. No question is too simple nor complicated and should be asked. Sharing information about your family history and also about your nasal complications, if any, need to be shared and are of the utmost importance at this stage of the process. There is a healing process that has to be gone through and allow that part of the body to heal properly. Here, I will share points for after having the surgery.

Recovery tips

Every operation has some swelling of the surrounding tissue and rhinoplasty will be no different. The swelling varies per person. Some ways to begin to alleviate swelling are:

  • Keep the head elevated or upright.
  • Make provisions to sleep with the head elevated for at least two weeks following the surgery. When resting, put a cold, not wet towel over the nose and that midface area.
  • Avoid being in the sun excessively for four months to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
  • In order to dry the hair use a hand held blow dryer instead of the overhead dryer. Avoid for at least two weeks.
  • If the bandage on the nose becomes loose contact the physician immediately, but if it becomes wet pat it dry.
  • Avoid blowing the nose for two weeks too. Use a saline nasal spray to clear the nasal activity instead.

Afterwards, the nose may be blocked from the swelling. This can be from the swelling or may come from having a cold or allergies.The drainage may be blood-tinged, but you should not be concerned unless it flows profusely.

Pain is small with rhinoplasty, but there may be a tight sensation and pressure. A pain reliever may be prescribed to assist with this discomfort if necessary.

Sleeping may not be possible for some, so a sedative drug also may be prescribed. Your doctor will advise that driving or operating heavy machinery is not encouraged during this time.

Naturally you will want to clean your nose after the surgery is complete. It can be cleaned on the outside with a cotton swab, not a towel. Place some hydrogen peroxide on the swab and be certain not to rub too hard.

Were you exercising before your surgery, or you want to begin? It's possible only after two weeks of having the surgery. Jogging and light aerobics can be done. More strenuous exercise can be started after four weeks of having the surgery.

After the bandages have been removed and your nose is exposed and free be sure to clean twice daily. If this is not done the swelling may continue.

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All statements and opinions in "The Truth About Nose Surgery“ are the sole opinions of LocateADoc and not those of CareCredit. The content is subject to change without notice and offered for informational use only. You are urged to consult with your individual medical provider with respect to any professional advice presented. Your receipt of this material constitutes your acceptance of these terms.

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