When a patient decides to undergo rhinoplasty, it usually does so for aesthetic reasons, although as we have already commented on occasion, there are also cases in which nose surgery is performed to improve its functionality, which implies a greater entry of air through the nose and better breathing.
In any case, depending on the patient’s goal when undergoing rhinoplasty, it can be more or less invasive. In our last article, we explained what the types of rhinoplasties were, and their main characteristics. If you haven’t already, we recommend you take a look at it.
Care to recover quickly (and well) from nose surgery
Without a doubt, ultrasonic rhinoplasty is the least invasive and the one that most favors a speedy recovery. This is largely due to the technique itself. Thanks to the piezoelectric scalpel used for this type of intervention, the risks are minimized, since it does not cause damage to nearby tissues such as blood vessels, cartilage, etc.
That said, it is clear that like any other surgical intervention, the postoperative period of a nose surgery also requires certain care, which will be those that favor an optimal result and a faster recovery of patients.
Some of the keys to a successful postoperative rhinoplasty are:
1.- Do not be in a hurry and respect the times
We are aware that once a person undergoes rhinoplasty, they are eager to see the result. Will I have looked good? Has my face changed a lot? Will I recognize myself? These questions or concerns are asked daily in the consultation. It’s normal.
But you have to know how to manage the anxiety generated by seeing the result and respecting the times. Bandages, casts or medication for pain and inflammation, also play a fundamental role both in surgery and postoperatively. Washes with saline will also be very important, nasal hygiene or relative rest in some cases.
Trust our recommendations, after you, we are the first ones who want to see the results and see your happy face when discovering your new nose, but … Time to time! Everything comes.
2. Forget about facials for a few days
If you are one of those who cannot stand having an extra hair on your face, take the opportunity to shave the days before rhinoplasty. We already told you that after the operation you will have to park for a few days the tweezers, the facial wax or even the laser.
After the intervention, and even if we have discharged you, it is likely that you have some inflammation in the area around the nose and eyes. Also and depending on the type of rhinoplasty, this area may even present bruises and greater sensitivity in these areas, associated with the intervention itself, something normal after this type of surgery.
After a few weeks, it will be necessary to resume treatments and facial care such as cleansing and exfoliating the skin, especially in the nose area, as it helps eliminate excess fat that is generated after surgery and allows greater drainage of inflammation.
Although you find it hard to believe, sleep is one of the best treatments for the postoperative period of a rhinoplasty.
While you sleep, the body takes the opportunity to repair tissues, gain strength and regenerate. Hence, all doctors recommend rest after any surgery, even in a minor surgery.
If you have undergone rhinoplasty, it is very important that you keep in mind that you must sleep on your back, using a high pillow or a couple of pillows, since it is advisable to do it with your head elevated.
It is also very important that you do not take weight and, above all, that you avoid efforts that also involve bending your head, such as taking heavy things from the ground, bending the trunk. It is best that for a while you do not do it, but if you have no choice, bend down bending your knees and keeping your head up. In addition to your nose, your back will also thank you.
We hope that these tips will help you cope better with the postoperative period of your rhinoplasty!