Tips to Help Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty is an excellent way to refine your profile and achieve the nose that fits your look best. It can also reduce uncomfortable symptoms and improve your nose’s function. Despite the benefits, rhinoplasty comes with a long recovery and it’s important to know what to expect. If you’re considering your options with rhinoplasty, here are some ways you can make sure your recovery goes smoothly and successfully.

Avoid Stress

A typical rhinoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Afterward, you’ll feel tired and disoriented for several hours. Because it’s a major surgery, you can count on needing plenty of time to rest and recover. It’s recommended that you avoid physical work and social activities for 3 to 5 weeks afterward. Additionally, you should cut down on stress and make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable. This will help your healing process and reduce your risk of complications.

Stay Home

Most people remain at home for at least a couple weeks after undergoing rhinoplasty. This is a good idea since you’ll reduce the chances of negatively affecting your results through an injury or overexerting yourself. Staying home will help you facilitate your recovery and make sure that you’re comfortable. It’s even likely that you’ll want to avoid being in public because of things like bruising, discoloration, and wearing a nose splint.

Take Your Prescribed Medications

Taking your prescribed medications will help you feel comfortable enough to get the rest you need. Additionally, these will help with swelling and reduce your risk of complications. Dr. Perry will provide detailed instructions on how often to take these and in what amounts, so be sure to follow them as accurately as you can.

Avoid Touching Your Face

During your recovery, Dr. Perry will remove your nasal cast during a followup appointment. After the cast is removed, it’s extremely important to avoid touching your nose and face as much as possible. You can cause an infection or create more inflammation by rubbing around your nose. It can be tempting to assess your new nose, but it’s important to wait and let it heal first. If you normally wear glasses, Dr. Perry will provide instructions on when to resume wearing these.

Use Cold Packs

Using cold compresses is the easiest, fastest way to manage pain. This type of therapy works even faster than pain medication, and for some patients, it’s the most effective way to reduce swelling and inflammation. It’s generally advised to apply it for twenty minutes at a time, giving yourself twenty minutes of rest in between.

Schedule a Consultation

Rhinoplasty is one of the best options available for transforming your profile for the long term. To learn more about your options for facial plastic surgery and get started on your ideal rhinoplasty with Dr. Perry, contact ourAlexandria – Woodbridge, VA & Rockville, MD office by calling or filling out our online form.