Whether you want to get a rhinoplasty for cosmetic issues or for conditions like a deviated septum, one of the most important things to know about this surgical procedure is what recovery will be like. Although we will send you home with a detailed list of what to do and what to avoid during recovery, here are three recovery tips that will go a long way.
- Sleep With Your Head Elevated
One of the easiest, yet most beneficial, recovery tips that we may recommend is that you sleep with your head elevated. By propping your head up, you can help get rid of swelling and any drainage from your nose.
- Use Medications As Recommended
Depending on your specific surgical procedure, we will give you oral medications, topical medications, or both to help reduce swelling and fight off any infection. Make sure that you use each medication as recommended— even if you think you don’t need to use them anymore.
- Don’t Poke and Prod
Let’s face it: nothing is quite as uncomfortable as having gauze, or a stent shoved up your nose— but both may be necessary during recovery. Although it may be irritating to have something up your nose while you heal, make sure that you don’t poke or prod— even with a cotton swab. The best thing you can do is just leave it alone.
Recovery is one of the most critical steps in any surgical process. By using the tips listed above, we hope that you’ll have a smooth, safe, and speedy rhinoplasty recovery.
A rhinoplasty or a nose job has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures to date. Just like with any surgical procedure that we perform at Associated Plastic Surgeons, we encourage our patients to do their research, which is why we like to provide you with some helpful information along the way. And because there are more than a few myths about rhinoplasties, we have decided to debunk a few of the most common.
Myth #1: A Deviated Septum is Code for Nose Job
One of the most common coverups for a nose job is that they got surgery to correct a deviated septum. And although a deviated septum isn’t necessarily the cause for most nose jobs, it is for some of them. During a rhinoplasty, we can not only help correct cosmetic issues, but we can help with any reconstructive issues as well.
Myth #2: You Can Have Any Nose You Want
One of the things that we tell our patients when they come in for their initial rhinoplasty consultation is to have realistic expectations. Even though you may want the same nose that Paris Hilton has, you have to remember that your bone structure and facial structure are different— which means, that you will have different results. Although we do our best every time, having realistic expectations will ensure that you leave our office feeling satisfied.
Myth #3: It’s No Big Deal
This is so true and so false. We don’t want our patients to be overly worried about this kind of surgery, but when you are in recovery, you shouldn’t take things likely. For instance, when we say you should avoid strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks afterward, this is more than a suggestion. Strenuous exercise can slow down the healing process and could even result in an infection. So remember although the surgery itself is routine for us, you still need to take the recovery seriously.