Recovering from Rhinoplasty So you’ve made the decision to ‘have some work done’. You’ve talked to the right people and made an informed choice, but you’re still a little apprehensive about having a surgical procedure, and the recovery from it. Read on for some hints to assist your recovery. Remember that great results from cosmetic surgery require complete rest for proper recovery. By following the below tips you’ll be able to improve the healing process, resulting in a better, longer lasting outcome.

Rhinoplasty is not a set procedure, it has to be customised for the specific anatomy of each patient, and to their specific requirements. Typically, the procedure involves incisions, scraping, repositioning and sculpting of the cartilage and bone in the nose, and suturing the resulting wound. You will then have a moulded splint glued to the outside of your nose to hold your cartilage and bone in their new position while they heal, as well as to protect the area.

Medical recovery from rhinoplasty usually lasts up to a week, depending on the patient. The surgery will result in swelling and tenderness around the affected region, and often in bruising.

Firstly and most importantly, we recommend you follow every instruction given by your
surgeon – they are experts and failure to follow their instruction may mean you don’t get
the best results possible

Recovery tips for rhinoplasty:

  • Follow the wound care regimen recommended by your surgeon.
  • Avoid strenuous activities such as aerobics and jogging.
  • Take baths instead of showers while you have bandages on your nose.
  • Don’t blow your nose.
  • Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing.
  • Brush your teeth gently to limit movement of your upper lip.
  • Avoid pulling clothing over your head – try to wear clothes that fasten in the front.
  • Don’t rest eyeglasses or sunglasses on your nose for at least four weeks after the surgery, to prevent pressure on your nose. We suggest you use cheek rests or tape the glasses to your forehead.
  • Use SPF 30 sunscreen when you’re outside, especially on your nose. Too much sun may cause permanent irregular discolouration in the skin of your nose.
  • Sleep in a reclining chair, or on your back with your head slightly raised. If you sleep on your side, your nose may swell closed on the down side.

In many situations, it’s difficult to follow the above steps at home – everyday life often has
responsibilities and necessities you can’t avoid, or that can impede your recovery.
GORGEOUS GETAWAYS offers a private setting for you to relax and recover completely,
without something getting in the way. Remember – you may be experience discomfort
during your recovery, but the results will be worth it!