What To Avoid After Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, you are most definitely not alone. Feeling unhappy with any part of your body can be difficult, but when it is something that is so difficult to hide, the effects can be devastating. While cosmetics can go a little way to creating the illusion of a more attractive nose, the truth is that there is really only one way to dramatically alter the shape, size or overall look of our nose, and that is opting for rhinoplasty surgery.
About rhinoplasty surgery
Rhinoplasty surgery is the name given to cosmetic surgeries that address various aspects of the nose. The exact type of rhinoplasty you have will depend on what changes you wish to make such as making your nose smaller, decreasing nostril size or removing a bump in the bridge of your nose. However, rhinoplasty doesn’t always have to be purely cosmetic. Many people who have suffered an injury to their nose rely on rhinoplasty to improve not only the appearance of this feature, but also their breathing. This is because our nose is an integral part of our respiratory system. If the nostrils are too narrow or the airway becomes restricted, such as through a nasal injury, this can make breathing much more difficult.
If you have decided to undergo rhinoplasty surgery, it is vitally important that you understand what your limitations are in the days and weeks after your procedure. Careful, post-operative care is crucial if you are to make a swift recovery and achieve the best possible results after your rhinoplasty surgery.
To help ensure you make a smooth, straightforward recovery from your surgery, here is what you need to avoid after a rhinoplasty procedure.
Avoid rigorous activity
Your nose will take around six weeks to heal properly, and during this time you should abstain from rigorous activity as much as possible. Participating in solo sports, lifting weights, running and even high impact walking can put undue pressure on your nose and affect its ability to heal.
If you enjoy swimming, you will need to avoid doing so for at least six weeks and you should take a break from contact sports for a minimum of four to six months since an injury to your nose is more likely.
Avoid showering your face
You can gently clean your face with a washcloth, but you should avoid drenching the dressing on your nose as this could cause infections and other problems to develop.
Don’t be tempted to clean the inside of your nose
Post-operative nasal discharge and some bleeding is to be expected in the days after your surgery, and while it may be tempting to use a Q-tip or tissue to clean inside your nostrils, you really shouldn’t. Our surgeon will advise you specifically on the best ways to clean your new nose.
Don’t blow your nose
Unsurprisingly, blowing your nose is bad news if have recently had rhinoplasty surgery. This is because the tissues inside the nose are extremely sensitive and are likely to become irritated or sore if you attempt to blow your nose. Sneezing is another issue and our surgeon will recommend that you try and sneeze with your mouth open as this will reduce the amount of pressure that is forced out of your nasal cavity.
Stay out of the sun
Direct sunlight is bad for our skin anyway, but your nose is especially sensitive after rhinoplasty surgery and could become discolored if out in the direct sunlight. Instead, use a high factor sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as you can.
Not only will your body thank you if you quit smoking, but this unpleasant habit is well known for slowing down the natural healing process, meaning that it could take significantly longer for your nose to be totally restored.
Avoid drinking alcoholic drinks
While drinking alcoholic drinks is a great way to settle your nerves, alcohol itself can increase the risk of complications during and after rhinoplasty surgery such as excessive bleeding. Alcohol can also prove dangerous if mixed with certain medications, including some of those which may be prescribed after your rhinoplasty. Most surgeons recommend that you abstain from drinking alcohol for at least two weeks before and after your surgery.
Do not wear clothes with tight-fitting necks
Pulling clothes off and on has to be a consideration while your new nose heals as contact with a tight neckline or collar could cause you pain and problems in the healing process. Therefore, try and choose button down shirts, wide neck tops and zip-front hoodies while you are recovering.
Avoid burying your head in the sand
If you are concerned that something about your recovery period isn’t right, don’t bury your head in the sand about it, make an appointment with your rhinoplasty surgeon as soon as possible. That way if there is some sort of issue, it can be rectified quickly.
If you have further questions about aftercare and the period after rhinoplasty surgery, our dedicated and well-informed team would be happy to assist you. Please call our offices with your query, or to schedule a no-obligation consultation for rhinoplasty surgery.