Whether you had rhinoplasty surgery for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes, taking care of your nose post-surgery is critical to your recovery. It is important to know the recovery process to ensure your goals are met post-surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery requires a time commitment to healing. Some bruising around the nose and eyes will be visible for about a week or two depending on the complexity of your surgery. There will be pain and discomfort up to a week following your surgery. There will be swelling after rhinoplasty and could take up to a year for swelling to fully subside and completely be healed. Dr. Evan Ransom will provide post-surgery instructions to get you on your path to recovery.
Important Steps to Rhinoplasty Recovery
- Make sure to keep all your follow-up appointments with Dr. Ransom
- Get plenty of rest and keep your head elevated
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Take all medications prescribed by Dr. Ransom
- Do not blow your nose until Dr. Ransom advises it is safe to do
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling as needed
- Avoid facial expressions like laughing and smiling to avoid excessive lip movement
- Gently brush your teeth to limit upper lip movement
- Do not wear clothing that you pull over your head but rather button in front
- Don’t rest your glasses on your nose for at least four weeks after the surgery to reduce pressure on your nose
- Always use sunscreen when outside to protect your nose from any discoloration
- Avoid any injury or bumps to the nose
- Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
Expert Rhinoplasty Surgeon and Post-Surgery Care in San Francisco
The rhinoplasty recovery process is different for every person because no two noses are alike. The rhinoplasty recovery process can be slow but it is important to have patience. Dr. Ransom will guide you through the process from start to finish and answer any questions you may have.
If you are in the San Francisco area, call Dr. Evan Ransom at the San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery today to schedule a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Evan Ransom