When people schedule a Toronto nose surgery they have usually done their research and sought a board certified, skilled facial plastic surgeon. Finding a rhinoplasty surgeon that you are comfortable with is half the battle, but healing with optimal results depends on you as well.
Your nose surgery will likely last about 2 hours, after which time you can go home to rest and heal. A splint is usually applied to protect the new nose and kept on for a week. You will be advised to take care with activities and not touch your nose or get it wet. Many people find wearing the splint frustrating and they are very relieved to have it removed, however once it is no longer protecting the nose, it’s their responsibility to continue with caution.
When you sleep for the first few days and weeks post-rhinoplasty, keep your head elevated at least 45 degrees. This will help to reduce the swelling or bruising you experience. Your surgeon may allow you to use cold compresses on the facial tissue surrounding the nose area, but you won’t be allowed to press directly on your nose nor apply ice packs to the face because they can impair circulation. Swimming and bathing, including the use of hot tubs is not advised for rhinoplasty patients until their incisions have healed completely.
Dr. Philip Solomon, a double board certified facial and cosmetic surgeon, provides his nose surgery patients with a detailed plan for recovery, including timelines for resuming their daily practices.
There are adaptive, foam pieces sold at some pharmacies which can allow glasses to rest on a person’s cheeks. As well, some people have had success in taping the glasses to their forehead.
When it comes to returning to regular daily activity after your Toronto nose surgery, you will need to keep pressure off the nose for 4-6 weeks post-op. Restrictions may depend on what exactly was done to your nasal structures during your surgery. The nasal bones will not have healed completely until about 6 weeks after the procedure, and you could risk causing damage if you apply reading glasses, sunglasses or goggles to the bridge of the nose too early. This is due to the weight of glasses shifting nasal bones.
It is usually difficult to be patient as you pass successfully through each phase of your nose job recovery, but it is imperative that you avoid wearing glasses too soon.
Patients must also avoid contact sports, diving, ski masks or swim goggles as a necessary part of healing after their rhinoplasty procedure. ,Luckily these sacrifices are temporary and well worth it. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about the safe ways to adapt your behavior after surgery.
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