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What Should Be Avoided During Rhinoplasty Recovery?

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With modern techniques and technology, rhinoplasty recovery continues to become more efficient and allows patients to resume their normal daily activities and begin enjoying their new noses sooner. Still, it is critical for patients to keep in mind that the nose will be delicate during the rhinoplasty healing period and that there are a variety of important aftercare guidelines they'll need to follow in order to reduce the risk of complications and ensure a successful recovery and optimal results. If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, review the helpful information below to better understand what things you'll need to do — and what you may need to avoid — during your nose job recovery, as outlined by double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony E. Brissett and the team at Brissett Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX.

Which type of nose job do I need?

There are several different types of rhinoplasty surgery that can be performed, each of which is designed to address a unique set of concerns and anatomical characteristics. Ethnic rhinoplasty, for example, may be ideal for patients of certain ethnicities who'd like to make enhancements to their noses without altering their overall appearance too dramatically. A functional rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is often performed to address issues that affect a patient's breathing, like a deviated septum. Some of the most common types of rhinoplasty and nose surgeries performed today include:

  • Traditional rhinoplasty
  • Cosmetic rhinoplasty
  • Functional rhinoplasty
  • Ethnic rhinoplasty
  • Teen rhinoplasty
  • Revision rhinoplasty

During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty surgery in Houston, TX, Dr. Brissett will perform a comprehensive exam, discuss your symptoms, concerns, and goals, answer any questions you have, and determine which type of nose surgery may be most suitable. Each case is then further customized to align with your specific anatomy and other personal variables.

How long is recovery after a nose job?

Because each rhinoplasty case is highly personalized, as mentioned above, the recovery details will also vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, patients should expect to have swelling, bruising, and tenderness for up to several weeks, while mild residual swelling may last several months. To ensure the most comfortable and efficient rhinoplasty recovery possible, be sure to follow your surgeon's guidelines closely. These may include sleeping on your back with your head elevated, using a gentle saline rinse to relieve congestion, and attending your follow-up appointments as scheduled.

What things should I not do after a nose job?

In addition to recommendations for things you'll need to do after rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Brissett will also provide you with detailed instructions on what to avoid after your nose job. These instructions may include:

  • Do not sleep on your stomach or side
  • Do not engage in strenuous physical exercise or heavy lifting
  • Do not blow your nose
  • Do not invert your head
  • Do not submerge your head/nose
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not touch or rub your nose
  • Do not pull clothing directly over your nose
  • Do not wear glasses or sunglasses that rest on your nose

By adhering to your rhinoplasty recovery instructions, you can avoid unwanted complications like delayed healing, infection, and a poor cosmetic outcome. If you have additional questions about what to do or not to do after rhinoplasty — and why — don't hesitate to call us.

Ready to love your nose? Consider a Houston, TX rhinoplasty

With the prominent placement of the nose and its relationship with the surrounding facial features, its shape, size, and other attributes can make a dramatic impact on a person's overall appearance. For those who are unhappy with their nose, this can be discouraging and frustrating — but rhinoplasty surgery can help. Take the first step toward finally feeling the confidence you deserve by calling Brissett Plastic Surgery to schedule your Houston, TX nose job consultation with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, and discover the exciting transformations that may be possible for you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.