Giving your body the rest it needs to recover following your Toronto Rhinoplasty is one of the most important parts of your journey.
A Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure, involving considerable trauma to the nose. To give yourself the best shot at a short and comfortable recovery period, proper postoperative care is extremely important.
Here are some tips to help with your recovery.
For at least the first four weeks after the procedure, it is important to avoid exercising. This includes weight lifting, running and aerobics as well as exerting pressure from bending, pulling and pushing. After the fourth week, it is typically safe to return to your regular exercise routine. However, swimming must be avoided for six weeks.
Since the nasal area is extremely sensitive for the first few weeks following your Toronto Rhinoplasty, you must avoid excessively sniffing or blowing your nose. Trying to breathe through your mouth, or sneezing with your mouth open, can help to relieve pressure to the nose.
It is important to understand that no two Toronto Rhinoplasty results will be the same. Comparing your results with other people, especially prior to you having completely healed, is usually not a good idea. Discussing realistic expectations with your surgeon, prior to your procedure is the best way to avoid any surprises or disappointment afterwards.
If something doesn’t feel right with your recovery, or it is taking longer than expected, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon for a follow up.
Although this may sound odd, eating foods that require less effort to chew, can help with healing.
Since smoking can hinder the healing process, it is recommended to avoid it for the first four weeks following the procedure. Alcohol also poses an increased risk of excessive bleeding and should be avoided for the first few weeks. Furthermore, alcohol can also interfere with medications that have been prescribed by your surgeon.
Some bleeding and nasal discharge is normal within the first few days or weeks following the procedure. However, it is important to follow your surgeons’ aftercare instructions for cleaning directions. Avoid cleaning inside the nose with a Q-tip or tissue. Cleaning the nasal rim however is recommended.
Since pulling clothes over your head increases the risk of bumping your nose, it may be helpful to wear button down shirts or hoodies for at least the first few days following your Toronto Rhinoplasty surgery.
While the nose is still sensitive, direct sunlight can cause discoloration and should be avoided. If you do go out in the sun, it is important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for protection.
This only applies to the first two days where the effects of anesthesia along with the trauma from the surgery may impair your judgment to make critical decisions.
Now that you have this additional information and are ready for the next step, we welcome you to contact our clinic for consultation to determine if a Toronto Rhinoplasty is right for you.
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