Managing Swelling After Rhinoplasty
After your nose job, patients are often excited to unveil their new nose; however, some swelling that occurs during the recovery process will first need to subside. After removal of the splint a week after surgery, swelling may continue for a few days to a week, with various factors influencing this, including the rhinoplasty technique used, the extent of the surgery, postoperative care and the patient’s body response. It is essential during the recovery process to avoid things that can increase swelling.
- Avoid specific medications: Various medications contribute to increased swelling and bleeding after rhinoplasty so it is important to avoid these before and after surgery.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.Smoking and alcohol consumption extend the healing process.
Appropriate measures to manage swelling after rhinoplasty
- Follow any instructions given by the surgeon. After rhinoplasty, your surgeon offers detailed instructions on various measures to allow the nose to heal well.
- Apply cloth covered ice several times daily for a few minutes at a time.
- Elevate the head particularly throughout the first two weeks.
- Eat a balanced diet high in protein to help repair the nasal tissue; low protein intake increases swelling. Avoid excess salt.
- Allow your body the time, space and relaxation to heal effectively.