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Things to Avoid During Rhinoplasty Recovery

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Things to Avoid During Rhinoplasty Recovery

When it comes to the rhinoplasty, the procedure itself is only the first part of the process. In fact, the rhinoplasty recovery is just as important when it comes to securing the best results from your cosmetic surgery. Orange County patients who opt to have a rhinoplasty performed should understand that the average nose job recovery lasts for 7 – 10 days, at which point most people can return to work and other daily obligations.

However, California patients should note that they will have several other restrictions in the weeks and months that follow the surgery. Your Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon will provide you with personalized instructions for your post-operative care, but you should also be careful to avoid the following things after your rhinoplasty is complete.

What Should I Avoid During the Rhinoplasty Recovery Process?

Avoid strenuous exercise.

Exercise can impair your body’s ability to heal after the surgery, and it also can impact the way that the nose begins to heal itself. You also want to avoid injuring your nose during any exercise activity. Do not go swimming for at least six weeks after the operation. Do not lift anything over 10 pounds for at least two weeks.

Do not sniff or blow your nose.

Blowing your nose during recovery can cause your nose to bleed and can impair the recovery process. Avoid blowing your nose for three weeks. Avoid sniffing for about two weeks.

Do not allow your nose to be exposed to the sun.

Stay in the shade and wear sunscreen at all times for at least 6 weeks after the operation. This can help you avoid hyper-pigmentation.

Put away your glasses for a while.

Do not wear glasses for three weeks. Instead wear contacts, bridgeless glasses or tape your glasses to your face so they do not rest on your nose.

Be careful and avoid bumping your nose at all costs.

Your nasal structure is extremely fragile at this time, and you don’t want to jeopardize your surgery results.

Do not lie flat.

This will put too much pressure on your nose. Instead, rest with your head elevated for several days after the surgery. Do not bend over completely, as this can increase swelling and bleeding.

Do not pull clothes over your head, as you may damage your results.

Wear button-up shirts for several weeks after the surgery.

Do not put on makeup.

This can clog your pores and effect the healing process.

Do not smoke or drink alcohol.

Smoking and drinking will prevent the nose from healing properly and can increase the risk of complications after the surgery.

Initially, this may seem like an overwhelming amount of restrictions. However, you will not have to abide by them for very long. Most patients find that avoiding these activities and following the restrictions are well worth it, for these patients receive the best results from their cosmetic surgery.

Selecting an expert nose surgeon is the first step to guaranteeing superior, natural-looking results from your rhinoplasty. Resting and recovering properly seals the deal. Take the time during your consultation appointment to discuss the recovery process with your cosmetic surgeon.