Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job” by patients, is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both. It can be done for medical reasons -- such as to correct breathing problems related to the nose or correct disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects. It can also be done for cosmetic reasons, which will change the nose's shape and appearance.
Liquid rhinoplasty, or nonsurgical rhinoplasty, is a series of office-based procedures done while the patient is awake. Injectable hyaluronic acid fillers are used to alter the shape and size of the nose without invasive surgery.
Does Rhinoplasty Hurt?
With rhinoplasty, the most unpleasant part tends to be during the initial aftermath. Following surgery, most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort that can be controlled with medication. Patients are bruised and swollen and their noses are packed with gauze, but it looks much worse than it feels. Once the initial post-op edema subsides (relatively quickly), some swelling may persist for few months.
After removing the splint, which is usually a week after the surgery, patients should avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses, particularly plastic-framed glasses (which would rest all the way over the top of the nose), for 6 weeks following the surgery. Since the nose is still soft, the weight of glasses would press the healing nasal bones.
How to make bruises go away after rhinoplasty?
Bruising and black eyes are a normal part of the nose job. Knowing what to expect is a crucial part of maintaining a positive outlook through recovery. If you’re hoping that you’ll come out of surgery looking your best, you’ll be disappointed. With that being said, there are things you can do at home to make the bruising go away faster.
- Cold compresses are perhaps the most simple and effective self-treatment you can do to promote fast healing. Try to maintain a schedule of compresses every 30 minutes for a few days after surgery, then periodically as needed after that.
- Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are a potent way to reduce both pain and swelling.
- Try to keep salt right out of your diet, as much as possible, for a couple of weeks after surgery. Sodium causes the body to retain fluid, and that’s what we want to avoid to reduce bruising and swelling.
- Stay hydrated. When your body has lots of water available, water retention is less likely, and your circulatory and lymphatic systems work more efficiently, both of which contribute to fast healing.
- Avoid any exertion that causes blood to rush to your head, such as bending to lift something heavy. Instead, some light walking is quite beneficial for its gentle stimulation of circulation.
- Keep Your Head Elevated. Sleeping on your side after rhinoplasty isn’t just uncomfortable, it can prolong your recovery time by causing additional bruising and swelling. More frighteningly, it can displace your nose. To avoid this, you’ll need to keep your head elevated at night for 6 weeks following surgery.
- Don’t Smoke. Both before and after surgery, it’s important that you don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke if possible. The nicotine in tobacco products limits blood flow, making it more difficult for your body to heal itself and interferes with your plastic surgery recovery.
Rhinoplasty Healing Stages
1 week after the surgery: The splint can be removed from your nose and you can go out in public without showing noticeable signs of surgery unless there is bruising around the eyes.
2 weeks after the surgery: The majority of the facial swelling will have subsided and most of the bruising will have resolved.
3 weeks after the surgery: You can safely return to cardiovascular activities such as jogging, swimming and cycling.
6 weeks after the surgery: The bones are stable, you can resume resistance workouts (weight lifting), wearing glasses and blowing your nose.
3-6 months after the surgery: The numbness and abnormal sensations in your nose and nasal skin should be resolved.
1 year after the surgery: The healing process is complete – swelling should have subsided entirely and the nose’s new shape is fully refined.
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