A rhinoplasty can give a new appearance to your nose and make it more proportional to the rest of your face. In some cases, it can also provide more open nasal air and improve your breathing. While there are minor differences when the procedure is performed for cosmetic or respiratory reasons, the recovery is nearly the same.
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that permanently alters the shape of the bridge and other structures of your nose, helping to make it more proportional to your face. Since it is performed under general anesthesia, the first few days after the procedure will need to be focused on relaxing and allowing the anesthesia medication to wear off fully.
You will need to restrict certain activities for the first six weeks. Although the complete recovery may take a year as the affected structure of your nose settle in and is fully healed, you should be able to return to your regular life, with some precautions, after the first month. However, it is essential not to rush the recovery to help avoid needing revision surgery.
During the first few weeks, protecting the nose from any movement or impact is essential. You should avoid wearing sunglasses and try not to sneeze during this time. This will allow the bones and structures of the nose to fuse and heal together.
It is also during these first few weeks when the most swelling and discomfort, and pain usually occur. These are temporary and rarely require more than over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication. Avoiding strenuous activity that raises the heart rate can help.
Once the swelling and inflammation subside, it will still be important to protect the nose as much as possible until it is fully healed.
During your surgical consultation, your surgeon will walk you through the procedure and what to expect during recovery. The experienced and knowledgeable staff at UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester, MA, will answer all your questions and help address any of your concerns. Call 508-334-5990 or visit www.cosmeticsurgicenter.com to schedule an appointment.