In the days after your rhinoplasty surgery, as you eagerly look forward to enjoying your results, your primary focus should be on rest and taking it easy so that your body can heal properly.
While you recover, there are a few things you should avoid in order to ensure the best possible outcome for your procedure.
Wearing glasses and sunglasses
Glasses rest on your nasal bridge and exert pressure on the area. Even though your frames may seem lightweight and like they wouldn’t pose an issue, the healing tissue in your nose will be much softer and more pliable than usual, and just the weight of your glasses can have an impact on the area. In order to let your nose heal properly (and avoid having to potentially undergo a revision surgery later on), use contact lenses until your doctor gives you the approval to resume wearing glasses.
Resuming your exercise routine
Exercise is, of course, an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s a risky activity to engage in when recovering from rhinoplasty surgery. The bones in your nose are in a delicate state and need time to reset. The stress and movement of exercise can compromise this fragile process and interfere with your results. So plan to put your exercise regimen on hold for at least a few weeks after your procedure and make sure to get the all-clear from your doctor before resuming your fitness routine.
Being careless about your health
The last thing you need while your nose is recovering from a rhinoplasty or even a revision procedure is to catch a cold or the flu. A runny nose or the sniffles can cause your nasal passages to become inflamed and painful. Be vigilant about avoiding anyone who is sick, and give your immune system what it needs to fight off potential infection by eating a healthy diet that includes immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. It’s also a good idea to keep your home clear of allergens, such as dust and pet dander.
Exposing yourself to the sun
Your best bet is to stay out of the sun completely, since your nose will be more sensitive to UV rays while it’s healing. Sun exposure can also have an impact on scar tissue, making the incision site more visible after it heals. If you do go outdoors, take care to cover your nose with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
Lying down flat when you’re resting
Resting will be your main activity while you recover, and how you rest is extremely important. Lying down flat is not an ideal position since it can cause swelling, discomfort, and in some cases, result in side effects such as a hematoma. The best way to relax is with your head propped up with a pillow so that your body is at an incline, allowing blood to drain away from the head.
The bottom line on healing
A good recovery is a crucial element of a successful rhinoplasty. To ensure that you’re happy with your results, follow all of your doctor’s recommendations and instructions to protect your nasal area in the days and weeks following your surgery.