Precautions After Rhinoplasty Surgery
As with any other type of surgery, it is essential that you listen to your surgeon with regards to the healing process and your recovery after rhinoplasty. Failing to follow the instructions given and taking the necessary care could cause you to trigger complications during your recovery and could even compromise the overall result of your surgery, rendering it pointless. You may even find that you need rhinoplasty revision surgery months or years down the line.
For any surgical process to be a success, you need to take responsibility for your recovery. To help, here is our guide to some of the key precautions that you should be taking after your rhinoplasty procedure.
Sneezing and Blowing your nose
Sneezing is an inevitable problem for patients who have undergone rhinoplasty surgery. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you do whatever you can to rid yourself of the need to sneeze as doing so could cause damage to your nose structures. Similarly, blowing your nose should be avoided for at least the first 3-4 weeks following your rhinoplasty procedure.
It may not be your first consideration, but you will have to give some thought to the clothes that you plan on wearing after your rhinoplasty. Your nose will be sore and swollen for some time and you will need to take additional care not to bump it. This means that you will need to be especially careful if you are wearing clothes that need to go on over your head. For this reason, many patients choose button-down shirts and wide neck tops for the first couple of weeks after their surgery.
Clothes aren’t the only thing that you might need to worry about wearing post-rhinoplasty. If you usually wear glasses, you will be advised that you will need to avoid doing so in the first few weeks following your surgery. If you cannot manage without them, it is advisable that you speak to your optician about a temporary contact lens prescription.
Smoking is ill-advised after any type of surgery, cosmetic or otherwise. This is because cigarette smoke contains many harmful chemicals including nicotine, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide. While this are toxic enough at the best of times, these chemicals found in cigarette smoke can also affect how our bodies handle oxygen. A molecule known as Hemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout our bodies. However, haemoglobin that has been exposed to cigarette smoke is unable to carry as much oxygen as usual. The blood vessels of the body, which are already small, narrow even further which makes it tricky for oxygenated blood to reach the areas where it is needed – specifically where you need to heal. For this reason, patients are advised to give up smoking before and after any form of surgery, including rhinoplasty.
Many people go swimming regularly both for recreational reasons and to help them remain fit and healthy. However, after rhinoplasty surgery you will be advised to avoid certain activities for a while. One of these will be swimming which should be avoided for up to a month after your procedure. This is because the pressure from jumping or diving into the pool can cause damage to your new nose, plus the chlorine can irritate the wounds and cause soreness and other problems. Make sure that you avoid swimming until your surgeon gives you the green light!
In addition to swimming there may be many more vigorous activities that you like to enjoy. Again, your surgeon will probably recommend that you avoid most of these during your recovery period as they could cause damage to your nose structure and the healing process. This includes contact sports, running/jogging, cycling and you should also be careful engaging in intimate time with your partner.
If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery and would like more information about what to expect during the recovery process, including which precautions you can expect to have to take, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team today.