You’ve finally made the decision that you want to fix your nose either for aesthetic reasons, functionality, or both. You’ve had your consultation with Dr. Peter Abramson, he has answered all of your questions, shown you an image of probable results, and surgery is scheduled. Before that date, you need to know what is expected of you during your rhinoplasty recovery period. It is most important that you understand that for the long-term best results from your surgery, you must follow the instructions given you “to the letter.”
There are a variety of aspects of your recovery that you should be aware of so that you know what to expect and how you can help speed the healing process. Here at Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, rhinoplasty expert Dr. Peter Abramson and his staff make every effort to ensure your rhinoplasty procedure and recovery are safe, effective, and successful.
Immediately After Rhinoplasty Surgery
When you awaken in the recovery room, your nose may be stuffed with packing to sustain the altered structures. Dr. Abramson will place a stint on the exterior of your nose to hold the newly-shaped nose in place.
Once you have become stabilized from anesthesia, you will be released to go home with your driver. Someone will need to stay with you for the rest of the day and assist in some of the postoperative instructions that have been given to you. You are encouraged to rest the entire first day, eat light foods, and drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. Avoid any spicy ingredients in your food that might cause sneezing. Remember to keep your head elevated during the early recovery period.
To prevent the formation of blood clots, walk around several times each day for a minimum of ten minutes. Walking also increases circulation and the healing of tissues. When lying in bed, avoid crossing your ankles as this too can possibly cause clots. Do not bend over or exert yourself in any way. Dr. Abramson will inform you as to when you can resume normal activities. Take this time to relax, sleep, and recuperate. The more you rest and follow doctors orders, the quicker your recovery can be.
The First Week After Surgery
The first week of recovery from rhinoplasty may be easier than you expect. Discomfort from the procedure is typically minor and can be controlled with prescribed medications. You will wear a splint on the outside of your nose and may have internal splints as well to help encourage your nose to heal into the desired shape.
The extent of bruising from your rhinoplasty depends on your personal characteristics and the extent and type of reshaping performed. Some patients experience none at all. Others develop significant bruising which may even look like you have two black eyes. You also may have red and swollen eyes from the procedure. We will talk to you about what to expect in your case and how to combat bruising. Be sure and take all prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Abramson. These will aid in preventing the nose from becoming infected or other possible complications.
No Pets Allowed in the Bed!
No matter how much you love your furry family members, they will have to sleep alone. During your rhinoplasty recovery It is important that you keep your surrounding area clean and free from bacteria. You want nothing that might lead to an infection; regardless of how clean you keep your pets, they can carry harmful bacteria.
For more information about rhinoplasty surgery read “Understanding Rhinoplasty” published by Facial Plastic Surgery Academy