The healing process, swelling and recovery period after rhinoplasty (commonly known as nose job surgery) can be stressful for patients. While most patients can return to work or school after 7-10 days following rhinoplasty, the entire healing process and achieving the desired result may not be completed sooner than 6-12 months. Our suggestion to you is to experience rhinoplasty in Iran.
The factors such as individual anatomy, type of rhinoplasty procedure that was performed, and post-operative care can affect the length of recovery and swelling time.
However, some generalizations can be made about the cosmetic nose surgery recovery period.
this article will help you to know what is rhinoplasty and will give you more details about what are the best ways to reduces swelling of the nose after the surgery and how long does it take to heal from a rhinoplasty (one week to one year)?
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Types of nose swelling after surgery
swelling is normal after rhinoplasty and it takes time to heal. You may face acute or chronic nose swelling after rhinoplasty.
In most people, acute nose swelling disappear 2 to 3 months after nose surgery and there is no need to be worry about it because it. But chronic swelling, takes more time or maybe several months to heal. The swelling period is dependent on factors such as type of rhinoplasty, nose shape and postoperative cares.
Recovery period after rhinoplasty
It’s necessary to know the recovery period and healing process after nose surgery.
below are the important milestones along the way to achieve a full recovery after rhinoplasty.
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1 Week After Rhinoplasty
Following rhinoplasty, your cosmetic surgeon will insert a nasal splint inside your nose and remove it after one week. In the first week following rhinoplasty, you will notice swelling and bruising around the nose and under the eyes. It’s a common and usual part of the healing process in the first week of rhinoplasty.
swelling after rhinoplasty may lead to feeling congested and causes a little difficulty breathing through your nose. Over time, swelling and bruising will fade completely and you have no breathing difficulty. this is the body’s natural reaction to nose surgery and there is no need not worry about it.
You may suffer from pain in the first days of surgery. The high level of pain after rhinoplasty is easily controllable with over-the-counter pain medications.
Your diet and the foods you have is important following rhinoplasty. stick to soft food in the first few days and avoid chewing and eating hard foods and fruits. Many patients are able to return to their job after 6 or 10 days.
2 Weeks After Rhinoplasty
7 to 14 days after rhinoplasty, you will notice improvements in swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes. As swelling reduces, the new shape of the nose becomes more apparent and near to the final result.
If your surgeon determines noticeable swelling, he may use methods such as special taping, corticosteroids injections, or massage techniques. in many cases, it is not needed.
After two weeks, you should set an appointment with your surgeon to check on things, understand how your healing process is and what you can or can’t do in the next weeks. For example, after 2 weeks you can resume light exercises.
3-4 Weeks After Rhinoplasty
it is safe to return to cardio exercises like jogging and swimming (no diving) after 3 to 4 weeks. The shape of the nose will be more well-defined with the continued reduction of swelling. At three weeks following surgery, the patient can really start to notice what the final result of the surgery is going to look like.
6 Weeks After Rhinoplasty
you can resume weight-bearing exercises after 6 weeks because the bone structure has now been set and stabilized. In this period, you are allowed to wear glasses if you want and blow your nose if needed.
3-6 Months After Rhinoplasty
At six months following Rhinoplasty, you will see the final result. There is a noticeable improvement in swelling, and you can usually resume more heavy physical activity.
1 Year After Rhinoplasty
The healing process is complete after a year and there is no swelling.
How to Help Swelling and fast recovery After Rhinoplasty
Following tips are important in reducing swelling after nose job surgery:
⦁ Ice packs wrapped in a clean towel, used to reduce swelling and puffiness after nose job surgery, especially in the first 48 hours. using ice packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time is enough and keep in mind not to apply directly to the skin. After these 3 days, you can use a warm compress.
⦁ for a quick recovery and minimize swelling, your surgeon advises you to stay dehydrated and drink more fluids.
⦁ In order to help your body and shorten recovery time after rhinoplasty, it’s highly recommended to follow a soft and high nutrient diet such as yogurt, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, chicken soup, etc. Foods rich in fiber promote normal bowel movements and prevent digestive problems such as constipation to avoid any pressure and strain on the nose.
⦁ Foods or fruits rich in an enzyme called bromelain (such as Pineapple) helps in reducing the swelling and bruising.
⦁ Salty foods will also increase the risk of swelling so avoid any salty foods and drinks.
⦁ After 2 weeks, you can gradually start returning to your normal diet.
⦁ In the first week, your sleeping position is also important. sleep on your back with an elevated head position. This will help remove excess blood and fluid from the nose.
⦁ Avoid bending your head too much.
⦁ avoid taking a shower in the first week. On the seventh day, take a bath before going to the doctor’s office to remove the nasal plaster. this will make it easier for the surgeon to remove your nasal plaster.
⦁ Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol at least 6 weeks after your rhinoplasty. so it may delay the healing process. Instead drink natural fluids and juices such as pineapple.
⦁ Your surgeon also advises you to avoid strenuous sports or activities and get enough rest for the first few weeks after surgery. minimize any pressure on the nose.
⦁ Do not sneeze with an open mouth and avoid long yawns (Excessive jaw opening) for several weeks after surgery.
⦁ Use a soft toothbrush to brush and clean your teeth.
⦁ It’s crucial to learn the correct way of applying nasal strips from your doctor because it plays an important role in the process of changes in your nose and you should not make mistakes.
⦁ Avoid blowing for 2 weeks after surgery.
⦁ Use the medication as directed by your doctor.