After a rhinoplasty procedure, the nose will be exposed to the bumps and hits of everyday life. As much as we would like to have a protective force field around that newly shaped nose, the truth is that accidents and injuries can happen. When your nose is healing, it can be particularly vulnerable if bumped. A minor bump to the nose is unlikely to cause a cause for concern, but a more forceful impact may be damaging. When the nose has fully healed, it will be more resilient, but an injury could still pose a problem if severe enough. Here are some risks Dr. Westreich and his staff at his Manhattan office would recommend you avoid.
Sports and the Risk of Injury
During the healing process, there are steps you can take to avoid unnecessary risks. Activities that increase the likelihood of a nose trauma should be avoided or limited, depending on where you are in the healing process. If you are involved in fall athletics, such as football, you may want to consider sitting the season out if your rhinoplasty was recent. Of course, most people, understandably, do not want a nose job to interfere with their regular pursuits, particularly athletes whose team members depend on them. If you are eager to get back involved in sports, be sure to wear any protective gear that is permitted.
If your nose has been hit, place a cold compress on it immediately to reduce swelling. If there are signs that the nose has been broken, seek medical attention.
When to See Your Plastic Surgeon
A high impact blow to the nose can be a cause for concern, especially if there is extreme bruising, swelling, or a fracture. If you have experienced a nose trauma, it is best to consult your plastic surgeon to see if there is evidence of lingering damage. Bear in mind, however, that it can take months for the nose to fully recover from a significant injury. It is generally advisable to wait to correct any cosmetic concerns until your nose has healed. Your surgeon can determine if there is a significant deformity that might require a revision rhinoplasty – and the best time to schedule it.
To book a consultation with Dr. Westreich at his Upper East Side location, go online or give us a call at (646)760-5952
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