Although a nose job isn’t considered a risky surgery, and rarely requires staying in the hospital overnight, complications can still arise. It’s imperative that you follow the proper aftercare instructions to avoid problems and maintain the results that you paid for.
Don’t expect to see the results immediately. Once the surgery is completed, you’ll be in a nose splint with a considerable amount of swelling and bruising. In order for your nose to heal correctly, make sure that you study up on the most important do’s and don’ts following your procedure.
Do Clean Your Nose Thoroughly
Since your surgeon made several incisions inside your nose, it’s vital that you take care to clean the inside regularly. Make sure that you follow their instructions correctly on how to rinse out the debris.
You’ll need to use antibacterial ointment and hydrogen peroxide with a q-tip to ensure that that all of the incisions heal properly. Once your splint comes off, you should wash your nose twice a day using a gentle soap.
Don’t Take Aspirin or Ibuprofen
You’ll be prescribed pain medication for your discomfort, which you should take as needed. However, you should under no circumstances, take aspirin or Ibuprofen, which can increase your chances of bleeding.
Do Keep Your Head Elevated
The first night after your surgery is completed, you should sleep on your back, keeping your head elevated. This should continue for the next two weeks by propping up your head with several pillows or sleeping in a recliner chair.
Don’t Engage In Strenuous Exercise
If you have an active lifestyle, you’ll need to take a break following your surgery. It’s too risky to engage in any kind of intensive sports after you get a nose job.
You may get hit in the face or fall, which could lead to severe complications. If you want to exercise, you should go for a brisk walk.
Do Wear SPF
The sun can make your scar tissue especially susceptible. Therefore, it’s crucial that you wear an SPF 30 or higher following your surgery.
Patients who fail to do so may find that it results in unpleasant discoloration on their nose.
Recovery after rhinoplasty won’t be immediate and may require a little patience on your part. It can take up to a full year for your surgery to heal completely, so it’s important that you don’t rush the process.
Paying thousands for a nose job only to neglect proper aftercare isn’t a wise investment.
Once your rhinoplasty is healed, you’ll be happy that you made an effort to care for yourself properly, and you’ll find all the aftercare work was well worth it. Now it’s time to enjoy your beautiful new nose!