From consultation, to surgery, to recovery, the process of having your rhinoplasty can be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. Most patients are very eager to see their results immediately following surgery, only to discover that swelling and bruising gets in their way. To ensure that your results are the very best they can be, it’s important to leave your surgeon’s hard work alone as the body heals and your new nose emerges. It’s true that all good things are worth waiting for, but that doesn’t stop us all from looking for ways to speed up that recovery period. To aid you in having an easier, faster rhinoplasty recovery, we put together the following tips.
Make Health a Priority
A smooth recovery begins before you even step into the operating room with proper nutrition and exercise. Your personal health will be a factor in determining your eligibility for rhinoplasty, and for good reason. When patients live healthy lifestyles and take care of themselves, they’ll see a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery time. To guarantee that you’re in your best health, you should have a healthy BMI, not smoke, and follow your doctor’s orders for blood work and other tests that will decide your overall health.
Your ability to relax and heal with as little stress or outside pressure as possible will contribute to a quicker recovery. Before your surgery, take care of things such as paying bills, having enough groceries to get you through the first few days after surgery and catching up on work or school projects.Minimizing stressors in your life allows you to focus on what’s important: healing and recovering.
What Medications to Avoid
Make sure you informyour surgeon about every medication, including over the counter and supplements that you are currently taking, your surgeons will review with you which ones you can continue and which ones should be stopped for a specified period of time. You will receive a list of medications to stop taking prior to surgery.
You might be surprised how many of your friends and relatives are willing to help out when you ask them. By relying on this support network, you can start reducing your stress levels, keep a more positive outlook, and prep yourself for quick healing all at the same time. Ask for help with tasks you can’t manage during your recovery, like grocery shopping or watching the kids, or just ask for company at home. Supportive people can keep your mood up, encourage you to keep resting when needed, and take some of the pressure off of you while you heal. However; keep your visiting groups small and your visiting times short to make sure you get plenty of rest in between.
Skip a Few Workouts
While it’s important to maintain a regular exercise routine in the days and weeks leading up to your surgery, the recovery period is about resting instead. Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable—and encouraged—to skip your workouts for a week or longer, depending on your surgeon’s orders. Anything rigorous or strenuous will definitely be prohibited during this time, since increased blood flow and movement can harm your nose. Don’t risk injury and nasal damage during the healing process, or you might end up booking a revision rhinoplasty to reverse what you’ve done. Follow your doctor’s orders carefully if you’re itching to get back to your marathon training; once you’re healed, it will be worth it. Long walks and low-impact exercises are usually acceptable forms of physical activity you can participate inuntil you’re cleared to resume your other activities.
Keep Looking Up
Keeping your head elevated can reduce swelling and redness by encouraging blood to flow away from your nose, letting everything heal faster. Arrange two or three pillows in your designated recovery area at home so you can find an elevation that is both comfortable and effective. As the nose heals, you’ll notice that it becomes gradually more comfortable to lie down flat again. Your surgeon can advise you about when it is safe to transition to a normal sleeping position again.
Consult With an Experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon
At the Glasgold Group, you’ll begin your journey toward rhinoplasty with a comprehensive consultation that helps you understand everything about the procedure and what you can expect during your recovery. Robert Glasgold, MD, is part of the Glasgold Group, an established practice for 30 plus years in central New Jersey. He is aboard certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with exceptional skill and expertise in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, facelifts, fat transfers and blepharoplasty.
To see his work view hundreds of before and after pictures and watch patient testimonials videos at glasgoldgroup.com than call (732) 846-6540 and book a consultation with the Glasgold Group, conveniently located at 31 River Road in Highland Park, NJ08904.