5 Ways to Take Care of Your Nose After Surgery
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of a person’s nose to improve facial harmony and balance.
While many patients undergo rhinoplasty with the expectation of enhancing their facial appearance, they may not realize how much care their nose needs following their surgery. Below we have provided you some helpful tips to make your recovery process as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
1. Take Care of Your Incisions
Surgical tape will be placed along the treated area to protect your new contours following your rhinoplasty procedure. Make sure to keep the tape as dry as possible when showering.
A drainage tube will also be inserted to collect any excess blood and fluid during your recovery.
If drainage is significant, you may use a small gauze pad or tissue to blot beneath the nose and clean the area. Your nose will not be packed, and if you keep it clean as directed, you should be able to maintain some degree of airflow.
2. Keep Your Head Elevated
You want to make sure you make yourself comfortable while recovering. Make sure your head is slightly elevated when resting in a chair, couch, or bed. Keeping your head elevated for the first two to three days of your recovery will help minimize swelling and discomfort.
3. Take Your Medication
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are likely to occur after your surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe you medication and antibiotics to help the pain subside.
Be sure you take all medications as directed and with food to reduce any risk of upsetting your stomach. Most pain medications are usually not necessary for more than 48 hours after your surgery, and swelling and bruising should resolve after a few weeks.
4. Stick to a Healthy Diet
Sticking to a healthy diet will ensure your body is getting the proper nutrition it needs. Be sure that you are also keeping yourself hydrated with water and juices. During your recovery, make sure that you:
- Start with liquids only
- Slowly make your way to eating solid foods
- If tolerated without nausea or difficulty, advance to a regular diet
5. Avoid All Strenuous Activities
Depending on the extent of your procedure, your nose will most likely be sensitive for at least three weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks following your surgery to reduce the chance of postoperative bleeding.