Whether you undergo rhinoplasty to correct damage to your nose or for cosmetic reasons it’s essential to follow all post-operative advice from your doctor. These tips can help you recover from your rhinoplasty and get back to your daily routine faster.
Take Enough Time for Recovery From Rhinoplasty
You should plan to stay home from work and refrain from strenuous exercise for at least a week following rhinoplasty surgery. Do everything you can to avoid bumping your nose or performing activities with the potential to cause damage.
Your doctor should provide advice and tips for post-operative care. Familiarize yourself with this routine, and be diligent with it to promote proper healing.
Fight Swelling Naturally
The extent of swelling associated with rhinoplasty is different for everyone, but you can expect at least some discomfort following the procedure.
During the first 48 hours, use ice or a cold pack to help reduce the inflammation if recommended by your doctor. Placing the compress directly on your nose may cause damage, so stick to icing your cheeks or other areas of your face. Sleep with your head elevated to minimize puffiness and discomfort.
Follow your doctor’s advice for reducing pain and take prescriptions only as directed.
Treat Your Body with Care
Your body needs proper nutrition when healing from any surgery. While recovering from a rhinoplasty your doctor may advise you to avoid salty foods, caffeine and other potentially irritating substances. If so you can replace them with:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
Smoothies may be easier to consume the first few days following your procedure, and there are plenty of delicious recipes available in cookbooks and on the internet. Find a few before your surgery so that you’re prepared to give your body the support it requires for proper healing.
As you take care of yourself following rhinoplasty, remember all surgery puts stress on your body. It’s not just a “nose job.” Your body needs rest, proper nutrition and diligent care to heal, so be sure to follow Dr. Bared’s instructions in addition to these basic recovery tips.