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The Dos and Don’ts of Recovering from Rhinoplasty

As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, it is essential to understand the best practices for a smooth recovery from rhinoplasty. Proper care and precautions can minimise complications and maximise the chances of a successful outcome.

Here, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors looks at the essential steps you should take after your surgery, and the things you should avoid doing to optimise your healing process.

The Dos of Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Follow your surgeon's instructions

Your surgeon will give you comprehensive instructions for post-operative care, such as how to clean the surgical site, which medications to take, and any activity restrictions. Following these guidelines is vital for proper healing and to avoid complications. Ensure you ask your surgeon any questions you may have and clarify any uncertainties.

Keep your head elevated

By elevating your head, especially during the first few days after surgery, you can help minimise swelling and increase your comfort. Utilise extra pillows or a foam wedge to maintain your head in an elevated position whilst sleeping or resting.

Apply cold compresses

Gently applying cold compresses to your cheeks and around your eyes can help alleviate swelling and bruising. Avoid making direct contact with the nose, and adhere to your surgeon's advice on the frequency and duration of applying the compresses. Using a soft cloth or a gel pack wrapped in a towel can prevent skin irritation.

Take prescribed medications

Your surgeon might prescribe medications to manage pain, reduce inflammation, and prevent infection. It is crucial to take these medications as instructed and complete the full course, even if you start feeling better. Incomplete treatment can lead to complications or ineffective pain management.

Attend follow-up appointments

Make sure to attend your follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns. During these visits, your surgeon will evaluate your healing process, remove sutures if necessary, and provide guidance on when you can resume regular activities. Additionally, your surgeon can spot any potential issues early on, ensuring a successful recovery.

Maintain nasal hygiene

Gently clean the inside of your nostrils with a saline solution, as directed by your surgeon. This helps to keep the area clean, moisturised, and free from crusts, promoting a comfortable and healthy recovery. Avoid using cotton swabs or tissues to prevent irritation and follow your surgeon's instructions on the appropriate cleaning method.

The Don'ts of Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Avoid strenuous activities

Steer clear of engaging in strenuous activities, such as exercise, heavy lifting, or sports, for at least 3-6 weeks after surgery, or as advised by your surgeon. These activities can increase blood pressure, leading to nosebleeds or other complications. Gradually reintroduce physical activities as recommended by your surgeon to ensure a safe and smooth recovery.

Don't wear glasses

Refrain from wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses that rest on your nose for at least 4-6 weeks following surgery. This helps prevent pressure on the healing nasal bones and cartilage, reducing the risk of complications or an undesirable outcome. Consider using alternative options such as contact lenses, or ask your surgeon about special devices designed to support glasses without resting on the nose.

Don't blow your nose

Avoid blowing your nose for the first few weeks after surgery, as this can cause bleeding, swelling, and disruption to the healing process. If you need to sneeze, try to do so with your mouth open to minimise pressure on your nose. If you experience nasal congestion, consult your surgeon for appropriate solutions or medications to alleviate discomfort.

Avoid direct sun exposure

Minimise your exposure to direct sunlight during the first few months after surgery, as this can cause excessive pigmentation and slow the healing process. When outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin. Be mindful of the duration of your sun exposure, as excessive sun exposure may lead to long-term scarring or pigmentation issues.

Don't smoke or drink alcohol

Smoking and consuming alcohol can impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Abstain from these activities for at least 2-3 weeks before and after surgery, or as directed by your surgeon. Both smoking and alcohol consumption can interfere with proper blood flow and oxygen delivery, which are essential for effective healing.

Avoid bumping or touching your nose

Exercise caution not to bump or touch your nose, particularly during the initial healing period. Accidental impacts can cause unnecessary discomfort and may potentially alter the final results of your surgery. Be mindful of your movements and surroundings, and avoid close contact with children or pets that may inadvertently cause an injury. Additionally, resist the urge to touch or pick at your nose, as this can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.

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If you have had rhinoplasty gone wrong, contact Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today. To speak to one of experts about whether you can make a claim for nose job compensation, call 0808 291 1223 or fill in the online contact form to request a call back.

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Mike Saul


Michael Saul is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, where he brings his extensive specialist legal expertise and passion for helping people to the forefront of his work. With a proven track record of success in cosmetic surgery negligence cases, Michael has dedicated his career to providing clients with the highest level of representation and achieving favourable outcomes.

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