Taking care of yourself after a rhinoplasty surgery is as important as preparing for it.
You may think that it will be an easy, breezy task, but the kind of beating your nose goes through during the procedure is definitely serious. That is why efficient post-operative care is extremely crucial in ensuring that your new nose recovers healthily in the shortest time possible so that you can go back to your regular day-to-day activities. If you have decided to have your features enhanced with a new set of nose, here are some of the things that you should remember and avoid after getting a nose job surgery.
A new nose and its nasal bones will usually take about six weeks to fully heal. So during this period, you should take extra precaution and ample care to make sure that nothing goes wrong with it.
1. No Rigorous Activities
Going to the gym and exercising should be avoided for at least two weeks after the procedure. Aside from lifting heavy weights, aerobic exercises, jogging, running and even high impact walking are activities that should also be held back. This also includes bending, pulling, pushing or any activity that will require you to exert pressure and effort. You can return to your regular exercise regimen at best after the third week. Make sure that you ease in performing these activities and gradually return or increase your exercise performance within three weeks thereafter.
Also, swimming must be avoided for the first six weeks. First of all, the cast that will be placed on your nose must be kept dry until it will be removed. Contact sports, like basketball and volleyball, should also be refrained within 4 to 6 months for the very obvious reason that you do not want your new nose to be hit by a bouncing ball.
This may sound awkward, but unfortunately, sexual activities should also be minimized during the first three weeks. You are, however, encouraged to walk around lightly to prevent blood clots from developing.
2. Do Not Blow Your Nose
You should avoid excessive blowing or sniffing of your nose. The nose tissues are extremely sensitive during the first three weeks after surgery and too much of this activity can irritate it further. As much as possible, try to breathe through your mouth during the recovery period. Now, what to do when you feel the need to sneeze? Try opening your mouth when sneezing. This will relieve pressure to your nose as compared to keeping your mouth closed.
3. Do Not Take A Shower
This may sound gross, but what this means is that you can still take a bath. Just make sure that you do not drench the cast on your nose. Showering may dampen it with water. The cast must be kept dry the whole time. Do not worry though because the cast will usually be removed after 5 days from surgery. But of course, you go on one week without washing your face, right? You can still do so. You can use a damp cloth to clean your face. Just make sure that the nose is kept dry.
4. Do Not Clean The Inside Of Your Nose With A Q-Tip
Normally, your nose will experience bleeding for the first two days after the surgery. Also, nose discharge may also occur with the first two weeks. So when this happens, your nose may clog up. It is best that you do not poke around the insides of your nose with a Q-Tip or tissue to clean it. Your surgeon will provide you with aftercare instructions, which will include cleaning of the nose that you must follow.
5. Stop Drinking Alcohol
There are certain things that are advised prior to a rhinoplasty that you also need to do even after the surgery up until your new nose has fully healed. One of these is to stop drinking alcoholic beverages. This is strongly discouraged because alcohol can have adverse effects when taken with certain medications that your doctor may prescribe. Alcohol also thins the blood and increases the risk of excessive bleeding. It is best to refrain from drinking within the first two weeks.
One thing that you should do, though, is to keep yourself hydrated with water. Keep this habit even after the healing period. Water can actually do wonders for your overall health.
6. No smoking
The same thing goes for smoking. It is best to avoid this within the first two to three weeks. Smoking can delay the healing process. Getting a nose job can even be a great motivator to stop smoking altogether.
7. Do Not Chew So Much
This may sound a bit odd but it can certainly help with the healing. It is best that you eat food that will require you to exert less effort in chewing. So, lay off the steak for a while and eat fish instead. This is also a good way for you to try on different food that you may not have tried before.
Remember to eat healthy food. This can help you heal faster. And do not make the excuse of skipping your meals because most of the medications that will be prescribed for you are best taken with a meal.
8. Do Not Wear T-shirts
Temporarily, of course. Avoid wearing t-shirts for the first two weeks. Pulling clothes over your head may hit your still sensitive nose. Wear a button down shirt instead to avoid accidental nose movement.
9. Do Not Expose to Direct Sunlight
After a rhinoplasty, it is best that you put on a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your new nose once the cast has been removed. Your new nose is sensitive and may cause permanent discoloration when exposed to direct sunlight.
10. Do Not Compare Results with Others
Know that we are all naturally born with different noses. So, it goes to follow that no new nose after a nose job will be exactly the same as the person next to you. An excellent surgeon knows that getting a nose is not about perfection or copying the nose of your favorite celebrity, but will improve your nose and balance it out with your over-all facial features. So, do not compare your result with that of other people.
It is important that you clearly discuss with your surgeon during your consultation what your realistic expectations are and be open about the recommendations of your doctor. Skilled doctors will show you how you will look like with a new nose, through digital imaging.
11. Do Not Take Part In Any Activity That Requires Judgment
This is only applicable within the first two days after the surgery. The effects of the anesthesia and the trauma on your nose during surgery may affect your judgment. So, it is best to avoid making critical decisions. This is applicable especially for those who are working as decision-makers in a company. Put it off for the first two days and decide on matters after two days.
12. Do Not Ignore If You Feel Something Is Wrong
Getting a rhinoplasty can take its toll on your body. You will experience minor bruising and swelling, bleeding or nausea. All these effects can be addressed by medications and post care instructions from your doctor. But, if you feel like something is wrong with how you are recovering, do not ignore it.
Do not hesitate to visit your doctor and discuss what you are experiencing. While serious complications are very rare when a skilled surgeon performs a rhinoplasty, it may still happen. So, approach your doctor when your instinct tells you there is something wrong.
Taking note of these things will increase your chances in achieving a healthy recovery and healing process. If there are certain things that you want clarified with your doctor, discuss it with him during your consultation. Also, you will be required to make several visits after your rhinoplasty procedure, so make sure to keep your doctor updated of your healing and condition. This will keep your doctor abreast of how well you are coping and give your recommendations if something goes wrong.
With this information, you are now ready to embark on your decision to getting that nose job that you have wanted. You are now better equipped with the proper information on what you should be avoiding to make sure you get a new nose that is healthy and beautiful.