Rhinoplasty is a medical procedure done by board-certified surgeons around the world. The procedure does not only entail nose reshaping and encouragement of facial symmetry, but it is also beneficial to many individuals who experience trouble breathing through their nose.
Without the right care following a rhinoplasty, the healing process can be a stressful and lengthy process. Before getting a rhinoplasty, every patient should be aware of the best methods for encouraging recovery.
- Take Some Time Off
Don’t underestimate the amount of recovery time you will need following a rhinoplasty. You should plan to take at least one week off from your daily activities, including work. The more rest you get, the faster your body will be able to heal.
- Expect Some Pain, Swelling, and Discomfort
While rhinoplasties have gotten more and more advanced as the years have progressed, it is not a painless procedure. You should know and be ready to manage the pain that will follow your procedure. You may receive nasal packing or painkillers to manage any pain and swelling following a rhinoplasty.
- Stay Hydrated
The more hydrated you are and the more fluid your body retains, the more likely you will be able to promote a healthy and speedy healing process! It’s important to stay hydrated and healthy, even if you are taking painkillers and getting a lot of rest.
- Be Careful
Again, while it may seem obvious, it is extremely important that you keep your nose safe from bumps and bruises. Things to avoid may include excitable pets, children, and even hard glasses that can damage the bridge of your nose while it is healing.
- Ask About how to Handle Congestion
During the healing process, you will likely feel pressure in your nose and head due to the swelling (and if applied, surgical packaging). In turn, this swelling may cause congestion, runny noses, and other uncomfortable situations. Make sure you speak with your surgeon to figure out how you can handle these issues following your rhinoplasty.
As is true with any medical procedure, the effects of and recovery from a rhinoplasty can be a bit different for everyone. If you are interested in learning more about getting a rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with our board-certified surgeons online or call us at 215-503-FACE to talk to one of our specialists.
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