Tips for Easing Recovery after Rhinoplasty
After rhinoplasty surgery, there are a few things that you can do to help your recovery along and minimize complications. One of the most important things that you can do is to follow your surgeon’s instructions for both pre- and post-surgery. Soon after surgery you should try to stay up as much as possible. This may mean sitting up, standing or walking around. Likewise when you’re sleeping at night, keep the head elevated with several pillows. You should plan to sleep this way for at least one to two weeks.
Avoid bending over or lifting anything heavy, including small children, during the first week of your recovery. This can make swelling worse, stimulate bleeding and raise the blood pressure. Also be careful not to hit or bump the nose, rub the nose, pick the nose, or sniff too vigorously. You should also avoid blowing the nose for the first ten days.
You should be able to wash your hair after three to four days; however, it is a good idea to have help when doing this at first. Do not tweeze or pluck the eyebrows for at least one week. Once your splint has been removed, follow Dr. Mounsey’s advice on cleaning the nose. You will likely be advised to clean the outside of the nose and the area above the upper lip regularly using a Q-tip. Make sure that you are gentle when cleaning the nose and do not rub vigorously.
If you wear eyeglasses, you should not have them resting on and putting pressure on the nose once the splint has been removed. Instead, you can suspend the glasses from your forehead using tape.
Make sure to take any prescribed antibiotics or pain medications as indicated. Avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks and sunning the face excessively for one month.