Nose Surgery Recovery

Nose surgery is undoubtedly a life enhancing procedure. Nose surgery recovery can be enhanced as well through the help of recovery aids. Recovery aids help to create a smooth transition for recovery from nose surgery every step of the way.

The recovery period for nose surgery is most significant in the first six days following the procedure. Patients usually return to work within ten days of the procedure. Exercise can be resumed by nose surgery patients within six weeks following the procedure.

Nose surgery recovery is affected by the technique used in the procedure, including: open rhinoplasty, scarless rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty Nose surgery patients may require a splint be placed to help stabilize nose shape. Nose splints or packs located inside the nostrils may be required following nose surgery as well. These instruments are usually removed in a week’s time after the procedure. Nose surgery recovery can be improved with the use of recovery aids.

Cold Compresses: Nose swelling and bruising may extend beyond the nose during the recovery period, affecting the eyes, cheeks and upper lip. Ice packs or cold compresses are usually recommended to reduce swelling immediately following nose surgery. Gauze pads soaked in ice chips that are wrapped in a dry ziplock bag can also be particularly helpful for small swelled areas such as the sides of the nose, eyes and upper lip. Often, there remedies are recommended for the first two days following the procedure. Then, plastic surgeons may instruct that warm compresses or warmed gauze pads (via microwave) be used for the rest of the recovery days. Plastic surgeons also require that the head remain elevated until swelling subsides. They may also recommend select natural healing supplements to reduce post operative swelling and bruising.

Humidifier and Nose Spray: Nasal congestion often accompanies nose surgery recovery. Nose bleeding and the residue from blood are side effects to avoid following nose surgery. Nose bleeding may be avoided by keeping the head elevated at all times in the first few days following surgery. Plastic surgeons may advise the use of saline nose spray and a humidifier at all times to help alleviate such strains.

Anti-Nausea Medication: Nose surgery may produce nausea or vomiting which is important to avoid following surgery. Nausea and vomiting may be caused by anesthesia or nose bleeding following surgery. Vomiting can cause undue nose pressure and slows healing. Plastic surgeons take precautions to avoid nausea and vomiting. They may instruct nose surgery patients to take anti-nausea medication prior to and after the procedure.

Stool Softener: Nose surgery may result in constipation or changes in stool color. Pain medications contribute to constipation. Plastic surgeons may recommend a stool softener to reduce constipation after nose surgery.

Pain Medications: Nose surgery pain is often at its peak in the first week following the procedure. Pain from nose surgery can be managed with pain medications and sleep. Plastic surgeons usually provide sleep medication to assist through the time period of recovery. Nose pain gradually reduces in the days following nose surgery.

Stomach Upset: Anesthesia and surgery may upset the stomach and cause nausea which can be exasperate into vomiting. Vomiting should be avoided following surgery. For this reason, it is important to begin a diet by introducing liquids, then soft foods in small portions by the second day following surgery.

Assistance with Functional Tasks: Because patients receive anesthesia, pain medication and possibly sleep medication, they are required to have an escort to take them home from the procedure and stay to assist at home for the first couple of days following nose surgery. This will ensure that post-operative instructions and any complications that may come up are addressed in an appropriate manner.

Nose surgery recovery is unique for every individual. In fact, the post-operative instructions provided by plastic surgeons are very specific to individualized needs. The information presented here cannot replace the advice of a plastic surgeon. It is important for nose surgery patients to follow the specific recommendations that are provided by their plastic surgeon for nose surgery. The benefits from nose surgery are often evident within weeks following surgery and continue to improve over the course of time. Learn more about the costs associated with a nose job.


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