Preparing for Rhinoplasty Recovery

If you’ve decided to go through with rhinoplasty or nose job surgery, it’s important to properly prepare for the recovery period ahead. While results are often significant, rhinoplasty does require some time spent healing. Knowing what to expect can make the recovery process much smoother.

Here are some tips for getting ready for rhinoplasty recovery.

1. Plan Time Off Work/Activities

Most surgeons recommend planning at least 10-14 days off work for rhinoplasty healing. Bruising and swelling takes 1-2 weeks to subside. Schedule any social activities or travel for after your follow-up appointment when the nose is stabilized. Listen to your body and rest if needed beyond the initial timeframe.

2. Stock Up on Supplies

Have soft foods, pain relievers, ice packs, arnica tablets and other natural supplements on hand. You may want distractions like books, movies or a tablet. A pillow and recliner can make naptime more comfortable. Try nose drops to keep nasal passages moist during initial closure.

3. Prepare Sleeping Arrangements

You’ll want to sleep propped up for the first few nights to minimise swelling. Pile pillows high or use a recliner. Avoid sleeping on your stomach which can put pressure on the nose. Elevating the head helps reduce bruising and oedema.

4. Inform Your Support System

Tell family or friends you may need help with day-to-day tasks right after surgery. Have them available to help care for children, prepare meals or run errands. Their support during rhinoplasty recovery is invaluable.

5. Be Patient with the Process

Healing takes time and results may seem subtle initially. Trust the recovery timeline and let your nose stabilise before making judgments. Swelling can continue to dissipate for months. Seek help from your surgeon if you have concerns during recovery.

Key Takeaway

Taking time to plan thoroughly for rhinoplasty recovery will help you feel more comfortable and get back to 100% sooner. Proper preparation paves the way to fully enjoy your beautiful new nose!

Reach out to us at Eagle Aesthetics & Surgery to learn more about rhinoplasty procedure and recovery.


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