If you’re either planning to have a rhinoplasty procedure or you’ve just had it done, you need to fully understand that the rhinoplasty recovery phase must be allowed to take the time that it needs.
If you’ve just had the operation and the splints are still attached, you can take some relief from the fact that the surgical intrusion of your nose is over and all you need to do now is to recover.
When recovering from rhinoplasty there are things that you can do, or not do, to help the recovery process along.
What to expect when recovering from rhinoplasty
Full rhinoplasty recovery can take up to a year. Don’t allow the thought of this to be too much of a problem. As every day, week and month passes you can expect to see an improvement on what has gone before.
Here’s how the recovery phases are likely to flow:
In the first week
About a week after the rhinoplasty operation the splints will be removed from your nose. The appearance may not be too pretty; there may be obvious signs of rhinoplasty surgery and there may be blackening around the nose and eyes. It may take a couple of weeks for this to fade but just know that you’re going in the right direction.
After 2 weeks
2 weeks into your recovery and the healing process should be well under way. The bruises should be clearly reduced day by day.
After 1 month
At this stage you should be able to take regular exercise without fear of aggravating the operation site.
After 6 weeks
At this stage the bones that have been rearranged, should be settled and secure. You should be able to blow your nose.
At this point you should be able to wear glasses with them resting directly on your nose. Up to this point in your recovery, if you need to wear glasses, you will find the Specs-Delight to be a considerable aid. You won’t want to go for 6 weeks without being able to wear glasses. The Specs-Delight will allow you to wear your glasses without them touching your nose and ears.
Find out how the Specs-Delight can play a big part during rhinoplasty recovery.
From 3 to 6 months
At this stage in your recovery enough healing should have happened for you to have regained the sensitivity that you would have lost at the time of the operation.
1 year into your recovery from rhinoplasty
By now, all swelling should be history and your nose should have settled into the new shape.
There are some things you can do to help your rhinoplasty recovery to be an easier experience.
- Wear the Specs-Delight if you wear glasses. It will help with your rhinoplasty recovery if you can have the full vision that you need, straight after rhinoplasty surgery. It’s very important to get back to normal as quickly as possible. You need to avoid the frustration that would be there if you can’t wear glasses to be able to see properly. Find out more about the Specs-Delight for rhinoplasty recovery, below.
- Consider your diet. There is evidence to show that reducing carbohydrates in your diet will reduce cell inflammation. Consuming carbohydrates will raise your insulin levels which will lead to insulin resistance at a cellular level. Reducing carbohydrates before, during and after any operation will help to reduce the inflammation at, and around, the operation site. This will, most likely, make for faster healing and may give you a big advantage throughout the healing process, helping you to reach the target of a fully healed nose, much sooner throughout your rhinoplasty recovery.
- Organize your bed for sleeping, sitting up. For the first 6 weeks of your rhinoplasty recovery, you need to do everything you can to avoid trauma to your nose while you sleep. Sleeping on your side will risk disturbing the delicate new bone structure of your nose before it gets a chance to set fully, before healing. Arrange your pillows so that your head is propped up. Use more pillows if you need them. If you know that you tend to move around from one side to the other when you sleep, consider sleeping in a recliner chair.
- Get enough sleep. Tissue cells will heal more efficiently when we sleep. In the early stages of rhinoplasty recovery, getting enough sleep may be difficult due to the congestion in the nose. There is no simple fix to this problem. Just be aware that getting enough rest will help with rhinoplasty recovery.
- Take notice of what your body tells you. You know ‘you’ more than anyone else. The surgeon will monitor your progress, post rhinoplasty and make judgments throughout but you need to think about what your body is saying to you. If something doesn’t feel right to you, tell the surgeon or doctor. Don’t leave the issue to get worse.
- Doctors and surgeons have experience, take their advice. Those who have monitored, before, during and after your surgery will be best placed to advise at all stages of rhinoplasty recovery. The advice that you may glean from articles, like this, can only be of general use for basic guidance. Your doctor and surgeon will always know the specific details that apply to you. You need to take on board what they say.
- A cold compress will help reduce swelling. You may find that by doing this for the first 3 to 4 days that a cold compress will help to reduce swelling and make the site feel a little more comfortable. Be careful with this. You mustn’t apply it directly to your nose as this will risk displacing the new bone structure that mustn’t be disturbed. Apply the compress to the areas around the nose where bruising can often extend into.
- You must not blow your nose. To say that your nose will be congested after rhinoplasty is probably an understatement. It will be like this for a few weeks. The earliest that you may get away with blowing your nose will be 6 weeks or longer. Refraining from blowing your nose in this delicate stage of rhinoplasty recovery is something that you need to keep control of. However there will be times when there will be the unavoidable sneeze. The best advice for this appears to be to allow the sneeze to come out through your mouth, however unattractive this may be.
- No smoking. There are components in tobacco smoke that will interfere with blood-flow. This is something that needs to be avoided at all stages throughout your rhinoplasty recovery. Be mindful that passive smoke from others needs to be avoided.
- No strenuous exercise. The lightest of exercise can place a strain on the ‘now delicate’ area that is your nose. Avoid bending down, lifting things or over-ambitious stretching as this can easily aggravate any swelling.
- Wear a hat if you go out in the sun. You need to avoid getting a sunburnt nose during rhinoplasty recovery. Sunburn will risk aggravation of the delicate region of your nose and the area around it. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your nose from strong sunlight.
- Avoid heat or anything hot. Avoid eating hot foods and drinking hot drinks. Any excessive heat can aggravate the nose when it’s in the early, delicate stage of rhinoplasty recovery. It would be wise to avoid hot baths, showers and saunas for the same reason.
- Relax and accept that healing takes time. The general opinion that we at Specs-Delight have gathered is that the healing process can take up to a full year. Taking a few manageable precautions you should be able to get through your rhinoplasty recovery without too many complications.
- Nothing on this post or website constitutes medical advice. Please consult your clinician about any aspect of your health and/or treatment as required.
Wearing glasses after rhinoplasty
If you wear glasses, you may find this to be the first of many problems that will come up after the rhinoplasty operation. See the Specs-Delight. This has been designed to hold glasses off the nose and will be ideal for post-rhinoplasty wearing of glasses.
When you make the decision to go for the operation, it would be wise to get your Specs-Delight and start wearing it straight away. This will give you plenty of time to get used to it in readiness for when you will need it. You will also see the benefit of the Specs-Delight as a simple device that holds your glasses off your nose, thus preventing those marks on the nose that many people tend to get.