How can I reduce bruising after my rhinoplasty?
After patients set up their rhinoplasty procedure, they often can only think of one thing and one thing only — their new, improved nose. However, it is essential that patients recognize that in order to achieve the best results they have to understand what is going to happen during the recovery process. Dr. Kevin Sadati works with his patients at his Newport Beach practice to ensure that they are aware of what the recovery will be like after the surgery is done. He also provides each patient with individual instructions so that they will see the best results after their nose job.
Orange County patients can expect the recovery period to last for 7 to 10 days. However, every rhinoplasty procedure is different, so it is important that patients recognize that their own personal recovery could be shorter or longer, depending on the complexity of their surgery. Some California patients will experience swelling and bruising after the surgery is finished. Most often, this happens to patients who have had to have an osteotomy performed. An osteotomy is a procedure in which the doctor breaks the nasal bone so that he can in turn fix structural and aesthetic issues. Patients who do not have to have an osteotomy done will not experience significant swelling and bruising.
Dr. Sadati recognizes that bruising and swelling can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, so he provides his patients with a series of tips to help them minimize the impact. The following tips should help with bruising after the surgery.
- Start by avoiding any blood thinning products for up to two weeks prior to the procedure. Products that are known to thin blood include naproxen sodium, aspirin, ibuprofen, ginseng, vitamin E, glucosamine and garlic pills.
- Consider adding herbal supplements to your vitamin regime. Some herbal supplements that are known to help minimize swelling and bruising include papaya extract, Arnica Montana and Bromelain. Talk with a doctor before adding any additional supplements to your vitamin regime.
It is important that primary rhinoplasty patients know that most bruising and swelling should be completely gone within two weeks. Following the tips listed in this article as well as the specific instructions that the doctor provides you with will help ensure you get the best results possible. Patients who do not take it easy and follow post-operative instructions run the risk of having complications after the procedure is complete. You want your nose to look its best after all of this hard work and effort, so take the instructions seriously. If you do, you will find that within a week to 10 days you will be ready to return to work or school to show off your new nose and more beautiful face.