The nose has a big impact on the shape and symmetry of the face, and this is one reason why people that are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose often opt to undergo rhinoplasty. Achieving optimal results with rhinoplasty depends a lot on the recovery process, but there are tips that can help patients heal faster, and get the best possible results.
5 tips for rhinoplasty recovery
- Sleep with your head elevated
After rhinoplasty it’s best to sleep on your back with your head elevated, for at least one week. Sleeping on your side can cause additional bruising and swelling, and prolong recovery.
- Get plenty of rest
It’s important to take enough time off so that you get adequate rest after rhinoplasty. Patients typically need to take at least 7-10 days off work.
- Don’t blow your nose
It’s normal for the nose to be congested in the weeks following surgery. However, patients are advised not to blow their nose for at least 6 weeks, as this can cause bleeding and delay healing.
- Avoid exercise
Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 6 weeks after rhinoplasty. Patients are also advised to avoid stretching, bending, and lifting during the first few weeks after surgery.
- Eat a nutritious diet
Eating nutrient-dense foods and drinking plenty of water can help accelerate recovery after rhinoplasty. Focusing on vitamin C rich foods is especially beneficial.
Above all, patients must follow the post-operative instructions of their plastic surgeon, in order to ensure optimal recovery after nose surgery.
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