It is one of the most famous types of plastic surgeries out there.
Nose surgeries represent 8.2% of all cosmetic surgeries performed. Many celebrities have also gone under the knife to improve the shape of their nose as the nose is one of the most prominent features of the face and improving it can drastically improve one’s overall appearance.
According to reports, about 220,000 people underwent rhinoplasty in 2017 in the US alone. The number is even higher in other countries as most nose surgeries are performed in Brazil, followed by Mexico. America is third on the list despite 15.2% of the world’s nose surgeons working in the US, which makes it the most significant population of rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. However, many people prefer to go abroad for this procedure since it can be quite costly in the US.
But the good news is that this type of operation is not very complicated, and the recovery is straightforward. In this article, we will have a look at some rhinoplasty recovery tips, while also highlighting how you can speed up the rhinoplasty recovery process.
Before Rhinoplasty Surgery
Prepare before the rhinoplasty surgery and be mentally and physically ready for what’s to come. Speak to your surgeon about possible outcomes and be on the same page regarding final results, to manage your expectations. Speak to your surgeon if you feel anxious and ideally stop consuming nicotine and alcohol about four weeks before surgery.
How Long Does Rhinoplasty Recovery Take?
Rhinoplasty Surgery Recovery Tips: What to Do and What Not to Do After the Surgical Procedure:
Check below for tips on what rhinoplasty patients should do during this time. We have covered tips to reduce pain, anxiety, discomfort, bruising and swelling as they are common in such a procedure.
First Two Hours After Surgery:
Nose surgery is usually an outpatient procedure so you will not have to spend the night at the hospital. However, your doctor may ask you to stay in the operating suite for a few hours post surgery, after which you will be allowed to go home.
Make sure to have someone by your side to drive you home since you will not be in a condition to do so.
First Two Days:
Honestly, let's not sugar coat this, the first two days are going to be difficult. Your nose will be covered with a bandage, and you might also have to wear a splint. This can feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s necessary to protect your nose.
Have a friend or loved one nearby to talk to so that you do not feel lonely or anxious. Do not try to watch TV or use the internet since looking up or down can cause problems.
You probably won't be able to see your nose due to it being bandaged with packing, but know it will be swollen with bruises on and around it. You might also experience a bit of bleeding.
It is recommended to take complete rest for the first two days and not move much from the bed. You should ideally lie flat with your head in an elevated position - this is where a good neck pillow, such as Nu-Blooms easy-inflate, luxury neck cushion can make a real difference to your comfort levels.
Stay away from eating any hard foods as biting or chewing too hard can put pressure on the nose. Moreover, do not touch or blow your nose at all, even if you feel the need to.
Take medicines as suggested by your doctor and drink a lot of liquids. You might feel dryness in the throat. It’s natural and nothing to worry about. Just drink fluids, and it will be taken care of.
Your lips will be dry! From having to breathe through your mouth rather than nose so be sure to use a good quality lip balm such as Nu-Blooms organic balm.
Also, try to avoid wearing glasses as they may put pressure on the nose.
First Two Weeks:
Your bandage and splint will be removed sometime in the second week. You will be able to see your nose, but bear in mind it will still be swollen, so the new shape will not be visible until at least two weeks after surgery.
The bruises typically disappear around this time but may take a bit longer in some cases.
You should take time off from work for the first two weeks to rest and recuperate. Stay indoors and avoid exposure to the sun.
Some other problems, such as congestion and pain, may also occur. They can be controlled with the help of medicines given by the doctor. Continue to drink water and only consume soft foods - have a read of another of our articles about what foods are best to consume post surgery. Also, control the urge to blow your nose and continue to sleep with your head up.
You can wear glasses after the first week but in a way that they put no pressure on the nose. A good option is to use a small piece of soft foam as a cushion for the glasses to rest on.
You will go to your surgeon for a follow up at the end of the two week period. Make sure to ask your doctor for advice in case there are issues such as bleeding. Painkillers and other such medications can be prescribed to reduce the pain.
Also, ask your surgeon when you can get back to your usual routine as two weeks is the right time to get back to work.
Next Two Weeks:
Swelling will have reduced and will be less visible now, and the bruises would also have mostly disappeared. In case there’s still visible bruising, you can use a bit of foundation to hide it.
The pain will not be there, but you may feel a sudden urge pressing or blow the nose due to sensations. Make sure never to do it and to let the nose heal on its own.
You will be able to see the shape, develop at around this time, and some people may also ask if you underwent surgery as the swelling can be visible in some cases.
The good thing, however, is that incision marks are not visible from the outside so you won’t have to worry about it too much.
First Two Months:
You will begin to see a noticeable difference in the shape of your nose by the end of the second month. There will continue to be some swelling, especially on the top of the nose though.
There should not be any pain at this time. You can go back to sneezing or blowing your nose, but do use a lot of pressure Also, still be careful about bumping the nose. But, you can, however, start to enjoy your favorite foods.
Next Two Months:
The nose typically heals at around four months, and the final shape starts to get visible. This is when you can gauge if the procedure was a success or not.
Your doctor will also ask you to come for a checkup at around four to six months to make sure the outcome is as desired. In case, there are issues a second surgery might be recommended.
Most people do not even visit the surgeon for a follow up after a year since swelling completely disappears in most cases. But if your skin is very thick or if you underwent a complex nose surgery, then it may take a little longer for the final results to show.
The process may also get delayed if you needed a second surgery due to complications or the result not being close to what you had desired.
How Can I Recover Faster?
The most important thing is to follow all the guidelines provided by your surgeon. Go for regular checkups and take your medicines on time. Just accept that healing takes time and is all part of the process.
Also, understand that recovery is of two types. There’s an inner recovery (pain), and there is outer recovery (visible marks). To reduce pain, avoid taking part in any physical activity that can put pressure on the nose. It is also a good idea to stay away from habits such as smoking and drinking - as they can prolong and delay the recovery process.
Consume a healthy diet full of antioxidants, proteins, and vitamins. Also, drink a lot of liquids, preferably filtered water.
For swelling and bruises, use cold compresses around the eyes, but do not try this on the nose. You may also try creams such as Arnica cream and herbal remedies, but only with your doctor’s permission.
All in all, give yourself as much rest as you can – especially in the first two weeks – and at all costs avoid all kinds of bumps to the nose, which can be minimised using Nu-Blooms Rhinoplasty Recovery Kit.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Mistakes to Avoid:
Some mistakes can prolong the healing process, and even worsen the outcome. These include:
- Taking part in physical activities such as lifting, sports, driving, diving or jumping without your surgeon’s permission. It will take 2-4 weeks before you’re permitted to take part in such activities.
- Consuming OTC painkillers, or any medicine without your surgeon’s approval
- Drinking alcohol and consuming tobacco can increase recovery time.
- Putting pressure on your nose by blowing it, biting too hard, wearing glasses, or not keeping the head elevated when you lie down.
- Not going to the surgeon for a follow-up, or not reporting pain and other issues.
Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery that has many benefits. It’s affordable, has a reasonable success rate and requires no complicated aftercare.
Contrary to popular belief, this facial plastic procedure does not only have aesthetic benefits but functional benefits as well.
Different types of nose surgeries offer various benefits. Some can improve nasal packing; some can enhance sinus issues and pretty much all can improve appearance.
Follow the rhinoplasty recovery tips given in this article, and you will be up and running in no time.