Today, many individuals choose to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure, also known as a “nose job” to improve their overall facial proportions. In order to achieve the best possible results, there are some steps that you should take and some things that you should be aware of during the recovery process. In order to steer clear of unsatisfactory results, we advise that you avoid the following during recovery:

Blowing Your Nose

Following your rhinoplasty, you should take great care to avoid blowing your nose, as this can cause bleeding as well as hinder the proper healing process.

Strenuous Exercise

During nasal surgery recovery, it is important to avoid strenuous exercises such as heavy weightlifting, running, or anything that involves brisk movement. This is because exercise can cause excess blood flow to the face, resulting in swelling and a higher risk for a nosebleed. Because your nose will be fragile, exercise could also make your nose more susceptible to injury.

Lying Flat on Your Back

While many people prefer to lay on their back while sleeping or resting, you should avoid this position after your rhinoplasty. This is because it can increase blood flow to the face and nose, putting you at risk for swelling, discomfort, and nosebleed. Instead, use pillows to prop yourself up while sleeping or sleep in a reclining chair.

Drinking Alcohol and Smoking

After any type of surgery, your doctor will advise you to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. This is because alcohol can interfere with medications as well as thin your blood, which can cause excessive bleeding. The nicotine contained in cigarettes can hinder blood flow, inhibiting healing. We recommend avoiding these substances for at least three weeks after your surgery for the best possible outcomes.

Wearing Eyeglasses

If you wear eyeglasses on a daily basis, it is important to understand that you will not be able to wear them while your nose is healing. Because glasses rest on the bridge of the nose, they can indent the soft cartilage and lead to unsatisfactory results. For the best end result, you can try to contact lenses, or set aside your glasses for a while.

The General Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

The rhinoplasty procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can go home afterward with a care sheet and your prescription pain medications (you will need an adult to drive you home). It is important to rest as much as possible for the first few days after surgery in order to let your body recover. Some swelling, redness, bruising, and tightness may occur, which is normal. For the best results, be sure to follow Dr. Diktaban’s specific aftercare instructions.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you considering a rhinoplasty procedure to improve the proportions of your nose? If so, contact Dr. Diktaban today at 646-583-3989 or request a consultation online to learn more!

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.

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