Tips for a Speedy Recovery After Rhinoplasty

Before deciding to go through with a surgical procedure, many patients are concerned about the recovery process. They worry about how much time off work they will need to take, how much pain they will experience, and how long it will take for the scars and swelling to reduce.

Because your nose is so visible, many patients considering rhinoplasty are also worried about when their nose will go back to normal. Although it can take up to two months for the swelling to become less visible, there are a few recovery tricks to help encourage the healing process, make yourself more comfortable, and speed up your recovery.

General Timeline

Because rhinoplasty often involves anesthesia, you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up after the surgery and stay with you for 24 hours following the procedure. For a week, you’ll need to rest, keep your head elevated, and will likely be unable to work. Swelling and bruising under your eyes should dissipate within two to three weeks , but your nose may take up to a year to return to normal.

Before Your Surgery

To prepare for your Montreal rhinoplasty surgery , follow any pre-care suggestions the team at Phi Surgery gives you. You should also try to avoid any blood-thinning medications like Aspirin or Ibuprofen for two weeks before and after your surgery date, as they can increase bleeding . Speak with your doctor about any prescription medications you take and how they may interact with the anesthesia or prescribed painkillers.

Smoking can also increase your rhinoplasty recovery time.

After Your Plastic Surgery

Your plastic surgeon will provide you w ith instructions for post-operative care after a rhinoplasty procedure . These guidelines will likely include instructions for how to sleep, what to eat, and what types of medication to take for the pain a nd swelling. You should follow all your doctor’s instructions and make sure to clarify any questions you have about the recovery process before your surgery.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

In addition to bed rest, these recovery tips may help you heal faster and feel more comfortable during the process.

Take Tylenol for 48 hours to manage your pain. Because som e pain medication can upset your stomach , take medicine like Gravol about 30 minutes before the Tylenol. Set alarms on your phone to ensure you don’t accidentally take a double dose of Tylenol.

Elevate your head. You’ll need to keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, to reduce swelling and bleeding. Set up multiple pillows against your headrest, or sleep in a reclining chair.

Don’t blow your nose. Although your nasal passages may feel blocked or congested, blowing your nose could set back your recovery time and damage the tissue.

Don’t participate in strenuous activities. For the first two weeks after your surgery, avoid jogging, aerobics, or other athletic activities. After three weeks, you can return to exercise, but try to avoid sports like volleyball since they could result in a nose injury. You should also avoid swimming for at least two weeks because the chlorine can irritate your nose as it heals.

Be gentle. When brushing your teeth, eating, or talking, use gentle, easy movements to avoid disturbing the operated-on area.

Don’t watch comedies . Since you’ll probably be binging on Netflix while you recover, choose your programs carefully. Extreme facial expressions like smiling or laughing can disturb the healing process. Instead of watching reruns of Friends, opt for a drama or a documentary.

Eat a balanced diet. To avoid constipation, eat foods high in fiber like fruits and vegetables. If you’re constipated, you may strain, which can result in pressure on your face. You should also try to eat soft, easy to chew foods to avoid disturbing your nose. Mashed potatoes, soups, and fish are all options that keep you full and do not cause discomfort when eating. 

Wear button-up shirts. To avoid catching your nose and irritating the surgery area, you should try not to pull shirts over your head. Wear shirts that button-up or hook in the front, or go for dressing gowns that wrap around your waist instead. You can wear normal t-shirts that have a wide neck as well.

Don’t wear glasses. For four weeks post-op, you shouldn’t wear glasses or sunglasses that rest directly on the bridge of your nose. If you need the glasses to see, get a cheek rest, buy glasses designed for post-surgery wear, or tape the glasses to your forehead.

If in doubt, call your doctor . Contact us if you have a fever, are experiencing intense pain, are bleeding more than expected, have trouble breathing, or experience severe nausea or vomiting.

Heal Smarter for Better Results

Following these tips can make your recovery from rhinoplasty surgery more comfortable. Although it may take up to a year for you to see the final results, these suggestions might reduce black and blue eyes and help you return to your life sooner. Every person is different and you should follow any specific guidelines your surgeon gives you.

At Phi Surgery, we care about our patients and want to ensure that every person’s external image matches their beautiful internal one. Contact us today at (514) 967-4744 to schedule a consultation and learn if rhinoplasty surgery is right for you.