If you are considering undergoing a Toronto Rhinoplasty to improve the size or shape of your nose, you may be wondering how this procedure will affect your lifestyle. While many patients are understandably anxious to resume their regular exercise routine soon after surgery, it is important to allow your body time to heal and to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your Toronto rhinoplasty surgeon in order to ensure optimal results.
Although light exercise can be reintroduced 3-4 weeks following the procedure, it is necessary to wait 4-6 weeks before resuming strenuous physical activities.
Within the first few weeks of your procedure, you will be at a higher risk of nosebleeds and other potential complications. When septoplasty is performed in combination with rhinoplasty, the risk of post-operative bleeding is slightly higher. Activities such as heavy lifting or jogging increase your blood pressure, which can cause a nosebleed. Valsalva maneuver, or holding your breath can cause additional pressure to the face and nose area, which should be avoided for at least 4 weeks to reduce the risk of nosebleeds.
Strenuous exercise also increases your blood flow, which can cause additional swelling. Thus, it is advisable to refrain from any physical activities for a minimum of 4 weeks as your body heals. After this period of time, you can return to your regular exercise routine gradually, however, it is important to listen to your body and not to push yourself during this time. Because your nose will still be very delicate for the first month postoperatively, it is crucial to avoid any exercises or activities that may cause injury to the nose. It usually takes at least 3-4 weeks for nasal bones to heal, which means they are unable to sustain even mild trauma during this time.
Within approximately 6 weeks of your Toronto rhinoplasty surgery, it is safe to resume your regular workout routine; however, be sure to get your Toronto Plastic Surgeon’s approval before integrating more strenuous physical activities including swimming. Although it is typically safe to resume heavy physical activities such as running, jogging, heavy weight lifting, yoga, and Pilates at this time, it is important to take great care to ensure that the nose does not get injured.
Contact sports should be avoided for at least two to three months post-operatively as they pose a much greater risk to your rhinoplasty results. Whenever possible, protective gear such as a facemask may be worn to prevent the risk of a nasal injury, which may negatively impact the results of the procedure, however be sure to check with your surgeon to ensure the facemask will not negatively impact your results either.
Each time the nose is broken, it becomes more fragile and results in the development of additional scar tissue, which makes it more challenging to repair; thus, great care should be taken to protect your nose even once it has healed.
To learn more about this procedure and to determine your candidacy for rhinoplasty, we invite you to contact our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Solomon, an Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon, practicing Facial Plastic Surgery in Toronto. As a renowned rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Solomon is commonly sought out by patients from across Canada, Ontario and the Greater Toronto area.
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