10 Tips to Speed Up Rhinoplasty Recovery

10 Tips to Speed Up Rhinoplasty Recovery

In 2020, rhinoplasty was the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Women, men, and teens choose to undergo rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons, ranging from better sleep and easier breathing to improving their appearance. 

Rhinoplasty is a delicate and highly skilled procedure, which is why it’s so important to find an expert plastic surgeon such as Jeff Angobaldo, MD, founder of Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas. 

Your nose contains numerous tissues and planes that must be handled delicately during the reshaping procedure. After rhinoplasty, you need several weeks to recover as the swelling subsides and the bruises fade. 

While it’s important not to rush things, you can take steps that increase the speed of your recovery. Here are some tips we’ve put together to help you heal safely and quickly. 

1. Don’t take NSAIDs

Your nose will be tender for some time after your surgery. We give you painkillers that keep you comfortable without causing adverse effects or slowing down your healing. 

However, don’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. These medications hinder your blood vessels’ ability to relax, increasing your chances of swelling and bleeding, which prolong your healing time.

2. Grab some frozen veggies

You need to ice your nose and cheeks for the first few days after your surgery. One of the easiest ways to do that is to grab a large package of frozen corn, peas, or other small vegetables. Wrap it in a towel and apply it over your eyes, nose, and cheek area.

The ice causes your blood vessels to constrict, which reduces swelling. The more you can control your swelling, the quicker your nose will heal.

3. Walk around 

Avoid strenuous exercise, which could force too much blood into your nose. However, you must go for a light walk as soon as possible. Walking increases circulation in your body. It also keeps fluids, such as lymph, moving. Both of these support fast recovery.

4. Keep your head elevated

Don’t lean down to tie your shoes or for any other reason. If you lean down or lower your head, too much blood rushes toward your nose and you could damage your rhinoplasty results. Sleep with your head elevated on a pillow, too. 

5. Take it easy 

Mentally prepare to take it easy for the first 7-10 days after rhinoplasty. Even if you feel great, going to the gym or playing sports stresses your body. Sports and other activities also increase your chances of bumping your nose, which could set back your recovery and affect your results.

6. Eat a nutritious diet

Nutrition affects recovery time from surgery. For example, not consuming enough zinc can slow your healing. However, eating foods packed with an array of vital nutrients supports a quick recovery. We can make suggestions to help you take the right steps with your diet.

7. Take time off from work

If you consider yourself healthy and fit, you may underestimate the time you need to fully recover from rhinoplasty and return to normal activities. Plan to take at least 10 days off from your job to recover.

8. Skip the spices

Any irritation to your nasal passages or nose in the first three weeks post-rhinoplasty could cause unwanted complications that can extend the healing time. That’s why we urge you to avoid spicy foods during this time frame. Chili powder, for instance, can irritate your sinuses and make swelling worse. 

9. Watch the salt, too

Salt increases fluid retention, which could aggravate your swelling. Limit sodium from all sources for the first two weeks after your surgery. Focus on eating lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and high-fiber foods, such as whole grains. All of these options are naturally low in sodium.

10. Go to your follow-up appointments

Your post-operative appointments allow Dr. Angobaldo to monitor your recovery. Even if you’re feeling great, you should still go to your scheduled post-operative appointments. When you skip follow-ups, you miss a chance to spot a problem, and that sets back your recovery.

Book your rhinoplasty consultation today by calling our team at 972-378-3870 or using our convenient online message form.

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