“What’s the recovery like?” That’s one of the most common questions I hear from men and women considering rhinoplasty surgery at my Columbia plastic surgery practice. Patients worried about the downtime or discomfort involved are typically pleasantly surprised when they learn that rhinoplasty recovery is tolerated quite well by most individuals.
Even though every patient is unique, in most cases the recovery time after rhinoplasty surgery is somewhat like recovering from a bad cold. Patients experience stuffiness and visible swelling and bruising that gradually fades after about 10 to 14 days.
There are certain steps you can take to ensure that recovery after cosmetic nose surgery is as short and comfortable as possible. Here are 6 tips to accomplish that goal:
- 1. Maintain contact with your plastic surgeon: I encourage all plastic surgery patients to get in touch with my Columbia, MO, practice if they have any questions or are concerned about the progress of their recoveries. Some patients take a wait-and-see approach before contacting us, but that may lead to a minor issue becoming more complicated.
- 2. Prepare before your surgery: Recovery begins immediately after the rhinoplasty procedure, and having family or friends ready to help when you arrive home will make a significant difference in your recovery experience. At a minimum, you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from the operation. Having a support system in place to run errands, take care of children, or cook meals can help you get the rest you need to help shorten the recovery time.
- 3. Be extra careful: The simple fact that noses protrude from the face make them more vulnerable to unwanted bumps. After surgery, patients should be cautious around pets and small children. For example, a child’s head accidentally bumping your nose can set your recovery back and may even affect the results of your surgery.
- 4. Stay away from salty foods: Too much salt can prolong the recovery because salty foods can prevent swelling from dissipating in a normal time frame.
- 5. Avoid wearing glasses: Patients who wear eyeglasses or sunglasses need to avoid resting them on the bridge of the nose because that can compromise the surgical results. Even lightweight glasses can alter the shape of the nose. This isn’t necessarily true when the surgery doesn’t involve the structures of the bridge.
- 6. Keep a close eye on infection symptoms: Any surgery includes the risk of infection, so it’s important to understand what to watch for. Patients who experience a fever, feel nauseous, or notice excessive redness or discharge from the nose should contact their plastic surgeon’s office immediately.
To see the types of results I produce, please take a look at our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty and want to learn more about the procedure, contact us using the online form to schedule a consultation.