Dealing with everyday life after a rhinoplasty is confusing yet straightforward. Since aftercare is crucial, we wrote the following article to be as inclusive as possible. From dealing with pain to showering to removing your slits, you will find all you need in our guide to rhinoplasty post-surgery instructions. Fortunately for those who are interested in getting a nose job, the instructions are much simpler in comparison to other surgeries.
The number one rule is to have a companion. It is essential to have a companion with you on the day of surgery. After surgery, you will be in a bit of a foggy state due to the anesthetic. As a result, driving yourself home is not recommended, instead of either hire a driver or have a friend take you back. The role of your companion is not limited to transporting you. In reality, the first few days are the hardest, and you will be in need of support. Particularly, to assist you with taking your medication, applying your cold packs, and cleaning your bleeding.
After surgery, you might be in a state of mild to moderate pain, during which you will have to take painkillers. Do not take painkillers without consulting your surgeon. It is essential to take the medications provided by your surgeon as some meds are blood thinners and increase your chances of bleeding.
Take the prescribed pain relievers as soon as possible after surgery. As the anesthetic wears off, the painkillers will take over to make your comfort consistent.
During the first few hours after surgery, consume liquids only. Transition gradually to light meals, if you experience nausea or vomiting abstain from eating and contact your surgeon. If no nausea occurs, you can resume eating regular foods.
Swelling is a natural side effect of the surgery. After the first three days, the swelling will reach its threshold and continue to decrease from thereon. The areas around the eyes and cheekbones are most susceptible to swelling. To reduce the effects of swelling, elevate your head while sleeping. Apply ice packs on the swollen areas and avoid bending.
When showering, absolutely avoid getting the splint area wet. Do not wash your face in the shower. Instead, carefully wipe and wash it alone.
Blowing your nose
For three weeks after surgery, you should not pick or play with your nose. This could pose the risk of bleeding. During the first three weeks abstain completely from touching and playing with your nose.
Avoid applying heat and heat packs on your nose for 6 months after the surgery. Including sun; suntanning is a risk, as a result, you should protect your face with sunscreen.
Rhinoplasty post-surgery instructions are very straightforward in comparison to other surgery. The main issue is to not use pain alleviators that are also blood thinners. Just stick to the medications your surgeon prescribes for you. For swelling, elevate your head when sleeping and avoid bending. Also, you can use ice packs to reduce the swelling.
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