Rhinoplasty recovery tips on speeding up the process

Rhinoplasty recovery tips on speeding up the process

In most people, nose job recovery takes about one year. The recovery process is different for every individual, but generally, it can be broken down into a timeline. By considering instructions, it is possible to speed up the healing process and ensure proper healing without complications.


16 tips on rhinoplasty recovery

If you are considering tips for speeding up your healing process and interested in ensuring proper healing without complications, we bring the following tips to your attention:

1.Consult with your doctor and follow the recommendations

Your doctor gives you instructions according to your condition. Therefore, the information you get from your surgeon can be found nowhere else. Take your prescribed medications on time and prevent infection at the surgical site by following the instructions. Go back for a follow-up examination on the date your doctor asks you to. 

2.Don’t take anti-inflammatory medications

Don’t self-medicate. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs may seem a good idea to manage the pain, but these drugs are vasodilators and increase the swelling and healing time. Take painkillers according to your doctor’s instructions for pain management. 
Anti-inflammatory medications - Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

3.Pay attention to your body

Your doctor can only see the outside of your body and see the recovery progression. But you are the one that feels the inside. You may feel something is not right. Discuss this feeling with your doctor right away. 

4.Keep your head upper than your body

Following 6 weeks after surgery, it is better for you to keep your head elevated. Sleeping on your side increases the recovery time by causing more swelling and bruising. On the other hand, it can lead to nose displacement, especially if you’ve had a silicone implant. Use several pillows or a foam wedge. If you move to your side in sleep, fix your head using a travel pillow or rolled-up towels around your head.
 Keeping head upper than body - Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

5.Compress with ice-packs

It is recommended to apply cold compresses in the first 3 days after surgery to subside the swelling. Apply the cold compress on your cheeks not directly to the nose. Direct compresses may lead to a shifting of the bones or cartilages.

6.Have adequate rest

Sleeping is difficult after surgery because the nose is swollen and congested. But resting is critical for recovery. Recovery consumes energy and your body restores the energy in sleep. Therefore, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

7.Have a healthy balanced diet

The body needs nutrients to heal. You need proteins for the reconstruction of skin, bones, muscles, and cartilages. So, consume foods rich in protein such as meat, nuts, eggs, beans, soy milk, and dairy products like yogurt. 
You also need vitamins to boost your immune system and tissue regeneration. Vitamin A can help your immune system to fight infections. This vitamin is found in green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Vitamin C helps your body to regenerate collagen fibers. Collagen fibers are necessary for wound and fracture healing. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and citrus fruits are full of vitamin C and they should be part of your diet.
Healthy balanced diet - Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

8.Spicy and salty foods are not recommended

Spicy foods can irritate your nose and sinuses and exasperate the swelling. Salt has the same effect on swelling by retaining the fluid. It is recommended to maintain a low-sodium diet for the first two weeks and avoid using chili powder in the first three weeks after surgery.

9.The shower should be postponed

Until you have bandages on your nose, take baths instead of showers. You shouldn’t direct water on your splint. But washing around the nose with soap and water is harmless.

10.Avoid from blowing your nose

Blowing your nose or sneezing may cause damage to your frail passages. 
Following rhinoplasty, your nose gets congested because due to swelling. Accordingly, blowing your nose can worsen the situation.it is suggested to resist this feeling for about 6 weeks. To moisturize your nasal airways, your surgeon often will give you saline nasal spray. Besides, it is suggested to sneeze through your mouth during this period. Since you’re breathing through your mouth, your lips will dry so you can use lip balm to moisten your lips and drink cold beverages for your dry mouth. 
Blowing Nose - Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

11.Keep yourself cool

High-temperature affects the swelling in your nose. Hot soups and warm baths may help you to feel good, but it is suggested to avoid any kind of heat. It is recommended to eat cool or room-temperature meal for a few weeks. it is suggested to take a shower with the water slightly warmer than your body. Accordingly, heat and staying outside in hot weather is not prescribed.

12.Refrain from exercise

Physical activities are inhibited for six weeks after surgery. Even bending and lifting can cause more swelling and movement of unhealed bones and cartilages. Wait until your doctor allows you to resume activity and gently return to your workout routine. Even though vigorous activities are inhibited, light walks are recommended for supporting the lymphatic system and having a rapid recovery.

13.Don’t rest your glasses on your nose

Putting pressure on your nose when it’s healing can increase swelling and bruising. Additionally, it may make dents on your nose that can only be corrected in revision surgery. Use contacts instead of glasses. If you can’t wear contacts, use the lightest frame if you need to use glasses. You can also wear the glasses over the splint, although it is not recommended. 
Not resting glasses on nose - Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

14.Don’t be exposed to the sunlight

Using sunscreen is recommended for skin protection against UV rays. It becomes more necessary after rhinoplasty. In weeks after surgery, your nose is more sensitive to sunlight and the probability of sunburn is higher. Also, sunlight darkens your scars and can make them permanent. 

15.Smoking is prohibited

Exposure to smoke either firsthand or secondhand should be limited.   Stopping smoking should be considered before and after surgery. Since smoking decreases the oxygen level in the blood and oxygen is crucial for healing. Moreover, nicotine restricts blood flow and interferes with blood clotting.
Smoking is prohibited - Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips


16.Don’t panic and have patience

Keeping calm and being patient is recommended.
The swelling may take one year to subside fully. The nose you see weeks after your surgery is not how you look after you heal completely. So have patience and wait for the final outcome. Your nose tip may feel hard at first because of the swelling. So, don’t worry about that, but if the feeling continued for several months, contact your doctor for advice. If you still feel anxious, make an appointment with your doctor and discuss your concerns.

Rhinoplasty recovery milestones

In most people, rhinoplasty recovery takes about one year. The recovery process is different for every individual, but generally, it is broken down to this timeline:
Rhinoplasty recovery milestones

Iran as a hub for nose surgery

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Published by: Exon Medical Department 
Date: 11/27/2019

2019 November 27