As with all procedures, rhinoplasty affects different people in different ways, depending on the scope of the surgery and the amount of swelling that someone may get afterwards. While there isn’t one simple rule to follow, you can guarantee that swelling will go down safely and more quickly if you do the following:
The following instructions can help you recovery following rhinoplasty:
- No blowing your nose, playing sports, attending the gym/exercising, flying, sauna, or swimming until you are advised by your surgeon and healthcare team at MYA that it is safe to resume these activities.
- DO NOT tamper with or remove your splint at any point; the clinic nurse will remove this during your post-operative appointment under the instruction of the surgeon. It is important the splint stays dry; wash around the area but avoid hot baths/showers as the steam can cause the splint to loosen.
- Ensure that you sleep propped up on pillows with your shoulders raised for the first 7 to 10 days.
- Avoid sleeping face down or resting on your nose for at least 6 weeks.
- Do not wear glasses for 6 months; your nasal bone is not fully healed and remains soft for 6 months post-operatively.
- Avoid exposure to the sun for 6 months.
- Do not touch/massage the nose for 4 months.
- Avoid aggressive sneezing by sneezing through your mouth, rather than your nose.
- Do not follow instructions from social media as it can often be misleading or incorrect