Strategies for Accelerating Rhinoplasty Recovery

  1. Follow the advice of your physician.
    Prioritize according to the recommendations provided by your doctor. While reading numerous web articles about rhinoplasty recovery can be informative, the knowledge and insights provided by a facial plastic surgeon surpasses any information found online. You will be provided with precise guidelines regarding the medications to be taken, the timing of their administration, the necessary measures to maintain the surgical site’s cleanliness and prevent infection, as well as the schedule for your follow-up examination.
  2. Pay attention to the signals your body sends.
    While your plastic surgeon can assess the progress of your rhinoplasty recovery based on external observations, only you can truly gauge your internal well-being. Pay attention to your body’s signals – if you have any discomfort or unusual sensations following surgery, promptly communicate them to your doctor.
  3. Maintain an upward position of your head.
    Resting in a lateral position following rhinoplasty is not only painful but can also extend the duration of your healing process by inducing further bruising and swelling. More frighteningly, it can displace your nose. In order to prevent this, it is necessary to maintain an elevated position of your head throughout the night for a duration of 6 weeks after the surgery. An effortless method to achieve this is by elevating your head with two or three cushions or utilizing a foam wedge. Utilizing a recliner for sleeping is also an effective option.
    To mitigate restlessness during sleep, one can stabilize their head with a travel cushion or by encircling oneself with wrapped up towels.
  4. Apply cold compresses.
    During the initial 72-hour postoperative period, the application of a cold compress can effectively mitigate swelling. Just be careful not to apply the compress straight to your nose. Instead, apply it specifically to your cheeks to avoid inadvertently displacing any bones or cartilage.
  5. Prioritize Ample Rest The post-surgical congestion may impede your ability to easily fall asleep, however, sufficient rest is crucial for the recovery process. The process of healing in your body requires energy, and ensuring a consistent duration of seven to eight hours of sleep each night allows your body to replenish this energy.
  6. Adhere to a Nutritious Eating Plan
    What is the connection between consuming veggies and the process of recuperating from a rhinoplasty? Indeed, a substantial amount. Consuming a well-balanced diet after undergoing surgery helps expedite the process of recovery by providing your body with the necessary nutrients to facilitate self-healing.
    Protein is a vital building ingredient of skin, muscle, cartilage, and blood. Consuming a diet rich in protein, including nuts, meat, eggs, yogurt, fish, and other protein-rich foods, will facilitate the regeneration of damaged tissue in and around your nose.

It is important to ensure that you consume an ample amount of vitamins in your diet, specifically Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A, abundant in dark, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, serves as a potent immune enhancer that aids in combating post-surgical infections. Vitamin C is crucial in the process of collagen renewal, which is responsible for connecting the tissues of your skin. Excellent sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
Remain calm and composed.
While indulging in steamy baths, heated bowls of soup, and relaxing saunas may provide temporary comfort, they can exacerbate the swelling of your nose. Elevated temperatures will exacerbate the inflammation of nasal tissues. Therefore, it is advisable to consume foods that are cool or at room temperature, opt for lukewarm showers, and avoid exposure to high temperatures during the weeks following your rhinoplasty treatment.
Avoid blowing your nose.
Following the surgical procedure, it is expected that you would have nasal congestion for a duration of several weeks, possibly extending to a few months. The sensation is a result of inflamed nasal tissues. Avoid the temptation to blow your nose and consult your doctor regarding the utilization of a saline nasal spray to delicately hydrate your nasal passages till the inflammation subsides. Resumption of nasal blowing is permissible six weeks post-surgery.
What is the impact of sneezing? It is not within your control to just decide not to sneeze. Instead, endeavor to expel air forcefully through your oral cavity rather than your nasal passages. Although it may seem unpleasant, it is preferable to avoid harming your delicate nasal passages and impeding the healing process of your rhinoplasty.

  1. Refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activity.
    The healing process of nasal bones after surgery typically takes approximately 6 weeks in the majority of individuals.
    It is advisable to refrain from engaging in vigorous physical activity during this period. Even seemingly innocuous activities such as stretching, lifting, or leaning over might exacerbate nasal edema. Refrain from resuming your fitness program until your doctor authorizes it, indicating that it is safe to do so.
    Avoid wearing glasses.
    Any eyewear, such as sunglasses, reading glasses, or prescription glasses, that exerts pressure on your nose while it is healing might result in more bruising, swelling, or even indentations. These complications may necessitate future corrective rhinoplasty.
    Your facial plastic surgeon will provide guidance regarding the appropriate timing for resuming the use of eyeglasses. Meanwhile, transition to using contacts, if possible. If you are unable to do so, choose for the most lightweight frames available and restrict their usage to essential occasions only. Our staff will provide you with the nasal splint that was applied to your nose after the surgery. If it is required to wear glasses, this can be positioned on the nose beneath them.
  2. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
    It is advisable to consistently shield your skin from excessive sun exposure, with particular emphasis on doing so after undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure. Not only is your nose more susceptible to sunburn in the weeks and months after the treatment, but excessive sun exposure can also lead to the darkening of any existing scars and an increase in swelling.
    Avoid smoking.
    Both before and after surgery, it’s crucial that you don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoking if possible. The presence of nicotine in tobacco products restricts the circulation of blood, impeding the body’s natural healing process and disrupting the recovery from plastic surgery.

Exercise patience.
Primarily, exercise patience. Rest assured that with time, you will have a complete recovery and achieve the desired outcome of your rhinoplasty procedure. Implementing the aforementioned methods will not miraculously transform a recovery process that spans over a year into one that lasts only a week. However, it will facilitate a faster recovery and enhance your overall post-surgery experience.