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3 Rhinoplasty Aftercare Tips

Since the nose is such a central and noticeable feature on the face, even the smallest irregularity can make a person’s entire facial appearance somehow seem unbalanced. With that in mind, patients get rhinoplasty surgery for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it may be a way of repairing their nose after an injury, or a way of addressing a birth defect. Surgery may be chosen to restore a more youthful appearance to the nose if aging has caused changes to the skin, or it may be done for purely cosmetic reasons because someone simply dislikes the way their nose looks and wants to do something about it. Ultimately, choosing to undergo this surgery—or any form of plastic surgery—is a personal decision that should be made with input from a trusted surgeon who can honestly answer any questions you may have. If you’re having this procedure done for any reason, one aspect you’re probably wondering about is what you can expect from nose job recovery. Our New Jersey-based Burnett Plastic Surgery team has some suggestions for how you can optimize your results from rhinoplasty and enjoy the easiest recovery possible:

Ask Questions

Prior to your surgery, be sure to ask any questions you might have about what your individual recovery process might be like, such as which medications will be given or prescribed after the surgery; when you can expect any stitches, bandages, or dressings to be removed; and when you will be able to resume normal activities. 

Don’t Engage in Intense Exercise

Avoid strenuous activities right after having a nose job. Exercise raises your heart rate and blood pressure, so if you do too much too soon after surgery, the activity could make nosebleeds, bruising, and other complications more likely—and even compromise your final results. 

Reduce Swelling

It’s normal for there to be some swelling and bruising around the eyes for around a month after nose surgery. Take steps to keep swelling down, such as keeping your head elevated for the first 48 hours and icing your cheeks and eyes. Gently brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush, and avoid excessively moving your face. 

For more details on nose job recovery, contact our New Jersey-based Burnett Plastic Surgery team. Have questions about what to expect from the procedure? Call us at (908) 233-0200 or submit a contact form to request a consultation, and we would be happy to help you get started. 

Carlos Burnett