If you’re like most people, then you’ve probably made a few resolutions for 2014. If these resolutions include both exercising more and changing your nose through rhinoplasty, there are a few things to consider when planning your year.
While these are both admirable goals for the New Year, there are a few things you need to know about how rhinoplasty can affect your exercise habits following surgery.
Rhinoplasty is a fairly invasive surgery, involving general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. In many cases, the nasal bones must be broken in order to take down a nasal bump or reshape the nose.
Until all the intricate pieces of the nose heal and the swelling goes down, it is important to rest, take it easy, and avoid any type of injury to the nose. Unfortunately, this includes avoiding strenuous exercise. What activities will you need to avoid and why?
Specific Types of Exercise
While you can get back to simple exercise such as walking very soon following surgery, you’ll need to take it easy with all exercise for at least two weeks. Most surgeons recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for 2-4 weeks, and advise against swimming for at least 4 weeks.
Contact sports should be avoided for 6 weeks to 2 months at least (preferably for several months more), as injury to the nose while the nasal bones heal can be disastrous. Avoid lifting and bending during the first few weeks, as this may cause stitches to pop and other problems.
You might wonder about the reasoning behind these exercise guidelines. There are several reasons you should be careful about exercise following your rhinoplasty:
- Resting will help you heal properly and avoid complications
- Bones require about 6 weeks to set, and any injury to the nose can cause deformity and need for a second surgery
- There is a risk for bleeding with fresh incisions when your heart rate is elevated
Maintenance, Not Progress
The best mindset to have during your recovery is to make rest a priority, and aim for maintenance of your fitness, not progress. Less strenuous exercise during this period may be frustrating if you are used to pushing yourself at the gym, but a successful outcome from surgery depends on how you care for yourself following the operation.
If you find not being able to exercise frustrating, you can either see it as a temporary condition that is necessary for a permanent positive outcome, or you can wait until you are ready to make the commitment to healing that is necessary.
For example, if you are training for a sporting event or play on a competitive team, it might be a good idea to wait on surgery. If, however, you are simply beginning an exercise routine for overall health and wellness, you can probably take it easy for a few weeks with no problems.
Taking the Next Steps
When you’re ready to find out more about the rhinoplasty procedure and your candidacy, you should start by researching and meeting with prospective surgeons. Rhinoplasty specialists like Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto will give you expert advice and excellent results.
Beware of inexperienced or unskilled surgeons–rhinoplasty in the wrong hands can be disastrous. If you’re ready to start the New Year off right, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert A. Mounsey to discuss your goals for surgery and your concerns about recovery. Call 416.438.2499 to book your appointment.