Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that can be performed typically in about two hours in the surgical room. However, the overall establishment of results requires a longer time as a part of the recovery process. Recovery in any surgical procedure, including rhinoplasty, should not be taken lightly, and the patient should follow the surgeon’s instructions diligently for best outcomes.
Dr. Bram Kaufman is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience and training in various surgical procedures. During the initial consultation, Dr. Kaufman will discuss all aspects of rhinoplasty, including its estimated recovery. He provides nose surgery and other procedures to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
Planning for Recovery Period
When the patient is planned for the post-op recovery period, they will be much more comfortable and will be able to focus completely on recovery. The following steps may allow for an easier and faster recovery after rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery:
- Arrange for someone who can drive back the patient to their home after the surgery.
- Preferably, arrange for a caretaker for the first 48 hours after rhinoplasty.
- Working patients should plan to take at least one week off from work and another week with restricted physical activity.
- Keep a supply of cold compresses at home to minimize swelling during recovery.
- Any urgent major chores requiring significant physical work may be completed before the surgery.
Success in rhinoplasty will depend to a considerable extent on how closely the patient follows the advice and instructions of the plastic surgeon regarding recovery. Following these tips will also help to reduce discomfort during the recovery:
- Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated.
- Frequently use cold compresses to minimize swelling.
- Rest sufficiently in the first week, but do short walks and light activities at home.
- Avoid heavy lifting of weights and vigorous exercises for about four weeks.
- Contact the surgeon if any abnormal symptoms such as acute pain in the incision area, high fever or pus in the wounds are noticed.
Typical concerns that may be experienced in the first two days after rhinoplasty are headaches, bruising, and swelling in the treated area, and nosebleeds. Pain medications may be prescribed for the first week by the surgeon.
For the first 24 hours, the patient should rest with the head in an elevated position. Blowing the nose must be avoided during the first two or three days. Dr. Kaufman is a leading plastic surgeon receiving rhinoplasty patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas.
During the follow-up appointment after the first week, the surgeon will review progress and may remove the sutures as well as nasal packing, if any. Minor swelling will persist at this time, but bruising will subside in the second week. Most patients will be able to return to their regular activities or go back to work during the first week. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least two to four weeks.