Successful recovery from rhinoplasty requires you to follow your doctor's advice. You can prepare for recovery by considering some important tips before you have the procedure.
- Plan to avoid activities that put pressure on your nose or face. Some examples include rigorously brushing your teeth, blowing your nose, swimming, and eating chewy foods.
- Avoid wearing eyeglasses. If your vision is so poor that glasses are necessary, discuss this with your doctor before you schedule your procedure. He may advise you to wear contact lenses, or show you a safe way to wear eyeglasses when it is unavoidable.
- Avoid direct sunlight. Exposure to sunlight can interfere with healing. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. If you must go outdoors, wear a hat with a large brim or a scarf so the sunlight does not affect your nose.
- Plan to avoid strenuous activities. You should not engage in physical activity until your nose has had time to heal. Postpone workouts, house cleaning, and similar physical activities during the healing period.
- Take special health precautions when you are healing from the rhinoplasty. Do not smoke cigarettes, or use other tobacco products. Do not take any medications that were not prescribed by your doctor. This includes over the counter products such as aspirin and aspirin substitutes.
Rhinoplasty is a safe, effective procedure. When you follow these tips for recovery, it will decrease your risk of complications. You can enjoy faster, complete recovery.
However, you should also ask questions when you schedule the procedure. Ask the doctor or nurse for a detailed list of what you should and should not do. When you have these instructions, you will be more confident about your surgery, have the chance to plan for your recovery period, and be ready for your rhinoplasty.