Have you decided to undergo rhinoplasty over the holidays, so you will have enough time to recover? Recovery after rhinoplasty takes time, because there is usually some bruising and swelling that can take several months to fully resolve. However, there are some things you can do to avoid unnecessary pain and complications after rhinoplasty.
5 tips for rhinoplasty recovery
- Keep your head elevated
Patients are advised to keep their head elevated for at least one week after rhinoplasty. They should avoid sleeping on the side of their face, but should instead sleep on their back with the head on a pillow.
- Get plenty of rest
It’s important to get as much rest as possible, so that your body gets all the time it needs to heal. Strenuous activities such as jogging, swimming, and aerobics should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks.
- Avoid blowing your nose
Nasal stuffiness is common in the days and weeks following rhinoplasty, due to swelling of the nasal tissues. However, patients are advised to resist blowing their nose, because doing so will disrupt healing and can cause bleeding.
- Don’t smoke
Patients are also advised not to smoke before or after rhinoplasty. Smoking can constrict blood vessels and delay proper healing.
- Maintain a healthy diet
Eating a balanced diet and providing the body with the nutrients it needs, can help to speed up the healing process. A diet rich in protein and vitamins, specifically vitamins A and C, also helps the body fight off post-surgical infections.
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