Recovery PlanningTo make the recovery process easier, the patient can plan in advance for the post-surgical phase. The goal during recovery should be to remain stress-free and focus on the healing of the wounds. The following steps can help ensure a safer recovery following rhinoplasty plastic surgery:
- Arrange for someone responsible to drive the patient back home after the surgery.
- Arrange for aftercare for the first two or three days, particularly if the patient has little kids to look after
- Apply for leave at the workplace for about one week and seek permission for another week of working with limited physical activity.
- Stock up a supply of essential items, pain meds, gauze bandage, cold compresses and skin ointment at home.
- Complete any pressing assignments at the workplace or at home well before the surgery in order to have a restful and stress-free recovery.
Instructions for Post-Op CareFinal results in rhinoplasty will be influenced by how well the patient follows the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions. Pain and discomfort will also be reduced if the patient follows these tips:
- Rest adequately during the first week after rhinoplasty, but perform short walks and light activities at home for improved circulation.
- Stay hydrated, eat balanced meals and increase the intake of lean proteins in the diet for better healing.
- Apply ice packs during the first one or two days to reduce swelling.
- Do not blow the nose in the first few days until the incisions have reasonably healed.
- In the first week, sleep or rest with the head in an elevated position.
- Refrain from smoking during the recovery phase
- Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting in the first month