The likelihood of having a smooth recovery from rhinoplasty is greater if you have a good idea of what to expect. San Antonio rhinoplasty surgeon Jose Barrera encourages you to learn as much as you can about the recovery process. He will give you very detailed instructions about the post-operative period, and he will also make himself available to answer any questions or address any concerns you have.
Read on as Dr. Barrera answers the most commonly asked questions about rhinoplasty.
When can I return home following surgery?
Rhinoplasty is normally performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to return home within a few hours of your procedure.
What are the common side effects from rhinoplasty surgery?
Swelling and bruising around the eyes are common after rhinoplasty surgery. Some nasal congestion is also to be expected.
Will I be in pain while recovering from rhinoplasty?
You might have a mild to moderate amount of discomfort, which can be alleviated with pain medicine.
When can I shower after rhinoplasty?
You can bathe or shower the day after surgery, as long as you avoid getting your nose or your surgical bandages and dressings wet.
When can I resume work after rhinoplasty?
Most people resume work or school 10 days to two weeks after surgery. If your job requires a lot of physical exertion, you might need to take an additional week off to recuperate.
When can I resume my exercise routine after rhinoplasty?
In general, most people resume light exercise about three weeks after surgery. More strenuous activity, including heavy lifting, can be resumed approximately six to eight weeks after surgery. Dr. Barrera will clear you to resume your regular exercise routine during one of your follow-up visits.
Is there anything I can do to speed up the recovery from rhinoplasty?
To enjoy a smooth and speedy recovery, you should do the following:
- Follow all of Dr. Barrera’s post-operative instructions.
- Sleep with your head elevated for the first week after surgery.
- Do not blow your nose for two weeks after surgery.
- Do not smoke.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit processed and salty foods.
- Stay well hydrated.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid exposing your incisions to direct sunlight.
- Do not rub or massage your nose.
When will the results of my procedure be visible?
As the post-operative swelling subsides, the surgical improvements will become noticeable. It can take up to a year for the results of your procedure to fully stabilize.
Learn More about Rhinoplasty Recovery
If you have additional questions about recovering from rhinoplasty, Dr. Barrera invites you to contact our practice today.