A nasal reconstruction or rhinoplasty is a surgery to change the shape of the nose and improve breathing. It also helps enhance the balance and harmony between other facial features, so you feel more confident with your image. As an advanced facial procedure, rhinoplasty requires extensive aftercare to expedite recovery and limit the risks of complications.
Dr. Heffelfinger is a leading board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Jefferson Facial Plastics. He offers practical tips to help you care for your nose after a nasal reconstruction surgery, so you achieve the best outcomes and fast recovery.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Nasal Reconstruction Surgery?
After your surgery, you will be cleared to return to work in a few days and your routine in three weeks. While most people recover fully in 1 to 2 months, you will need to visit your doctor for up to 4 months to check whether your nose is healing well.
5 Top Recovery Tips for the Best Results After a Nasal Reconstruction Surgery
1. Apply cold pack
Apply a cold pack on your nose, but avoid an ice pack. Applying a cold pack a few days after the procedure help reduce swelling. Put a cold pack on your nose for 10 to 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours for three days or until the swelling subsides.
2. Don’t blow your nose
After rhinoplasty, it is possible to experience nasal congestion for several weeks. However, resist blowing your nose, as doing so may interfere with your healing. When sneezing, use your mouth to protect the fragile nasal passages.
3. Attend all scheduled post-operative appointments
Follow-up appointments are critical to full recovery and best results. During your appointments, Dr. Heffelfinger and his team will monitor your recovery and advice accordingly. Don’t be tempted to skip your appointments even when feeling good and confident of quick recovery.
4. Avoid sunlight
Don’t expose yourself to the sun for extended periods after nose surgery. Excessive sunlight causes scars to darken while increasing risks of swelling and poor final results. Stay completely out of the sun for the first two weeks to give your nose and face time to heal and allow the most severe side effects to pass.
5. Sleep with your head elevated
This is crucial for reducing swelling and keeping your nose in the right place. Use several pillows to elevate yourself, or sleep in a reclining chair.
Schedule a Nasal Reconstruction Consultation with Jefferson Facial Plastics Today
At Jefferson Facial Plastics, our top priority is ensuring every patient experiences a comfortable and seamless treatment and recovery journey. Our team provides thorough guidelines to support successful recovery from nasal reconstruction. We are also readily available to address any questions or concerns during the process. Schedule a consultation online or call us at 215-503-FACE.