The nose is a delicate and sensitive area, making many prospective rhinoplasty patients nervous about the pain and long recovery times that might follow surgery. Surprisingly, most rhinoplasty patients report that their pain is mild to moderate, especially when considering what they expected to feel! While recovery may take a few weeks, the average rhinoplasty patient will be up and about within just days of their surgery. During this healing process, you’ll gradually be allowed to do more and more of your regular activities. To help you get there faster, follow these helpful recovery tips.
Tip #1 – Stay Out of the Pool
Once the bandages come off and your nose has begun to set, you might think you’re in the clear. The truth is, however, that your nose may still be vulnerable to certain types of activities, especially swimming. Before you jump in that pool, talk with your facial plastic surgeon. While the nose is setting into its new shape, swimming could shift it and cause poor healing or disappointing results. The water around your nose causes pressure when you’re in the pool, so it’s best to skip it until you’re healed. Chlorine could also get into the nose and cause burning pain. Pools aren’t safe while you’re healing, so don’t take the unnecessary risk.
Tip #2 – Invest in Button-Front Clothing
Pulling clothes over your head while you’re healing is a major no-no. Even a lightweight t-shirt can pull and drag over the nose, shifting and reshaping the delicate cartilage before it has the chance to fully heal and set. Before your rhinoplasty surgery, spend some money on button-front or zip-front shirts and sweaters so you’ll have enough to wear during your recovery time.
Tip #3 – Take It Easy with Your Toothbrush
Avoiding stress and pressure on or around the nose makes a lot of good sense, but the nose isn’t the only area that must be treated gently during rhinoplasty recovery. Brushing your teeth might not be an activity you’d connect with your healing nose, but it’s important to take it easy while doing this twice-a-day activity. Aggressive tooth brushing can shift the upper lip and, potentially, affect the cartilage and tissue of the nose as it heals. You can still get a good brushing without moving around too much, so just keep this in mind when you pick up your toothbrush.
Tip #4 – Don’t Have Too Much Fun
Once you’re healed enough to get up and move around, you might be tempted to spend some time with friends and enjoy the company of others again. It’s a good idea to have some fun while you’re recovering, but you should exercise caution, and probably skip that new comedy playing in theaters. Laughing too hard and smiling too much can also affect the final results of your rhinoplasty surgery. You don’t have to take everything seriously, but you must be careful until your nose has set more permanently.
Tip #5 – Pass on Those Chewy Foods
Just like brushing your teeth too hard and laughing too much, chewing and chewing your food can also lead to a shift in your healing nose’s structure, potentially causing disappointing results. In the early days of your recovery, your facial plastic surgeon may advise you to avoid chewing altogether as much as you can, asking you to stick to soups, pudding, and other soft foods. The more you heal, the more you can handle, of course. However, you can’t skip ahead to taffy and bubble gum. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon to be sure you’re eating foods that only require minimal chewing to keep your healing results on track.
Plan Your Rhinoplasty & Recover the Right Way
To get expert guidance throughout the rhinoplasty process from start to finish, plan your initial consultation with an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Andrew Frankel is board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Ear Nose and Throat). He is exceptionally well trained in the field of nasal surgery and has been recognized for his original research regarding vasculature to the nose and rhinoplasty’s effect on it. Schedule your appointment today with a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon to guarantee your best rhinoplasty results. Contact Dr. Frankel’s office, located at 201 Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California, by calling (310) 552-2173.