What to Expect During Recovery from Rhinoplasty
If you’re getting ready for a rhinoplasty procedure, one of the things you’ll want to prepare for is the recovery period. In addition to planning on lots of rest and limited physical activity, you can do a number of other things to make the recovery process go smoothly. Here are some things you can expect during this time, plus tips on how to minimize temporary discomfort, bruising, and swelling.
Use ice packs on your cheeks during the first few days after your surgery to help combat pain and bruising. You’ll probably wear a cast for about one week. When it is removed, your nose and the surrounding area will likely look swollen and bruised. This will subside within a few weeks, so that casual acquaintances are unlikely to notice you’ve had any type of work done.
Your nose will continue changing gradually as swelling goes down. Expect to see a noticeable difference in appearance over the first two to four months. You may feel your nose looks swollen for several months, so it’s best to schedule major social engagements and other important events around this timeframe.
You can use tape to create a gentle pressure that will reduce swelling. Ask your surgeon to show you the best method for taping.
Your upper lip may feel stiff for a period of up to several weeks after the rhinoplasty procedure. This is very common and should subside as swelling goes down.
In order to lessen bruising, avoid taking blood-thinning medications until your doctor says they can be resumed. The same goes for multivitamins and herbal supplements that contain ginseng, vitamin E, or ginkgo, which can also have a thinning effect on the blood.
The best thing you can do when it comes to preparing for recovery following your rhinoplasty procedure is talk to your doctor in detail. Be sure to discuss all of your health conditions, and provide details on medications, vitamins, and supplements you take. Your doctor will provide personalized instructions on how you can ensure a low-stress recovery period. To schedule your free consultation today, please contact the offices of Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery.