How soon can you exercise after a nose job?
After rhinoplasty surgery, you may find that your recovery is quicker and easier than you anticipated. You may even feel so good that you want to jump right back into exercising again. Great news, right? Well, even though you are feeling like a million bucks, your body might not be up to the task yet. In this post we’ll discuss what you need to know about getting active after rhinoplasty.
Time to Heal and Recover
Many people want to resume their normal activities as soon as possible after plastic surgery. But even with facial surgery like rhinoplasty, what you do with your body can influence how effectively your face heals. After any surgery, your body is working hard to repair itself, and needs rest, proper fluids, and nutritious foods to bounce back quickly. Tissues inside your nose are fresh from surgery and need time to heal, and they’re also prone to bleeding.
Exercising too soon after a rhinoplasty can interfere with proper healing. Because exercise raises your heart rate and blood pressure, it can cause nose bleeds, bruising, and/or post-surgical complications. For this reason, you should avoid anything more than light walking.
Many people are also concerned about whether exercise will influence their appearance during the recovery process. Swelling after surgery is a slow and steady resolving process. Exercise will increase blood flow to the nose, often leading to a temporary increase in swelling. Things should go back to normal after a few hours, however, and this effect of exercise will become less obvious as the weeks pass before disappearing altogether.
How Long Should I Wait?
It takes about six weeks for your nose structures to “glue” themselves back in place, so after this time you may resume your normal exercise routine. After three to four weeks, most patients can resume gentle, non-contact exercise such as swimming and biking. Just be careful with activities that require a lot of bouncing, such as high-impact aerobics or jumping rope. Running should be avoided during this stage, too.
Because you’ve taken some time off from your workout, you should ease back into your routine. Don’t take on the most difficult aerobics class or try to run the same distance you ran before surgery. With weights, start at a lower weight and work your way back up as your body allows over the next few weeks. Stop the exercise if you don’t feel well or you can feel your nose throbbing. This is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy.
You will need to wait even longer to resume contact sports. You don’t want to risk injury to your new nose, and getting hit soon after surgery could harm your nose and its appearance, not to mention put you at risk for a serious injury!
Basketball, football, baseball, or any sport where you could potentially get hit by a ball or another person should be put on hold for at least six weeks after the surgery date. If you play any type of sports, ask your surgeon to give you specific instructions for the recovery period. Protective gear such as a face visor and helmet may be recommended for a time.
Getting Back to Your Life
Although it’s hard to hold back when you love to exercise, remember that it’s just a temporary break. It’s well worth it to allow your body to heal from surgery and to protect your new nose.
There are a few specific ways you can try to boost your recovery process. Certain foods, such as turmeric, ginger, pineapple and blueberries have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Increasing their consumption after surgery may slightly reduce your healing time and help you feel better. It’s also important to allow plenty of time for sleep, and to stay hydrated; both of these things are essential for a quick recovery.
Before long, you’ll be back to your original fitness level, with an added bonus: your nose will look better than ever!
Rhinoplasty recovery can be fast and smooth if you take care of yourself properly, and if you choose a skilled, experienced facial plastic surgeon. Contact Houston’s premier rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Michel Siegel, to learn more about your options for a more attractive nose today!