Not everyone is born with a cute button nose. For those who feel that their nose shape is not flattering at all, plastic surgery is the only way to achieve a perfectly-shaped nose. Rhinoplasty is a type of cosmetic procedure that alters a patient’s natural nose shape permanently. It can be dome inside the nose or by making small incisions on the external base of the nose, just between the nostrils.
Because every nose job is customized according to a person’s unique features, the surgery itself is done in stages. This will guarantee a flattering, natural result. If you’re in the process of getting this procedure done and you’re curious about how to recover from the surgery, consider these recovery tips:
What to Expect After Surgery
Bleeding and Swelling
If say, you went through the procedure of having your nose altered, recovery starts by reducing swelling and bleeding. This can be done by elevating the head higher than the chest when you lie down. Initially, your nose will feel clogged or swollen because of splints installed inside the nose. The splint are installed to protect the nose from damage as it heals. Usually, the internal dressing will remain inside the nose for 1 to 7 days, depending on the complexity of the operation.
Your doctor will drain blood and mucus buildup during the first few days after surgery or after the dressing is removed. Your doctor may also insert a drip pad under the nose to absorb the fluid from the incision. You will be instructed to change the drip pad by your doctor. Never place the drip pad tightly against the nose to avoid infection.
What to Avoid as the Nose Heals
As the nose heals, you will be asked to reduce or avoid certain activities. This way, the nose will retain its shape and minimize infections. These activities include:
- High impact workout like aerobics, running, and jogging
- Showers to prevent bandages from getting wet
- Blowing your nose
- Extreme facial expressions
- Hard tooth brushing to minimize strain on the upper lips
- Clothing that you pull downwards like shirts, sweaters
- Wearing eyeglasses
Your doctor will advise you to take baths instead of showers and eat fiber-rich foods to minimize strain on the surgery site. You will have to avoid extreme facial expressions like laughing or smiling because they contort the facial muscles, agitating the surgery site. Clothing that you pull downwards, like shirts and sweaters, should be avoided because they may cause slight trauma to the nose. It’s best to wear clothing that you can fasten on the front, like a button-down shirt. Finally, do not wear eyeglasses for at least 4 weeks after surgery. The nose should be free from unnecessary pressure as it heals. Instead of letting the glasses rest on the bridge of the nose, tape it on the forehead or use cheek rests.
Wearing Sun Protection
It’s equally important to protect the nose from ultraviolet rays to avoid discoloration or hyperpigmentation on the surgery site. Before heading outside, slather sunblock with at least SPF 30. Sunblock creates a protective barrier on the sensitive parts of the nose that are prone to discoloration.
Apart from eating fiber-rich foods, go for a low-sodium diet. After surgery, the nose will become swollen. A low-salt diet keeps the swelling down while preventing water from being retained in the nasal tissues. Never apply an ice pack on the surgery site to bring swelling down. Swelling from a nose surgery should go down in about a year or less depending on the complexity of the operation.