When Can I Blow My Nose After Rhinoplasty and Other Recovery Questions

Whether you’re still actively considering rhinoplasty or you’ve already got your surgery scheduled, you may have a number of questions about the recovery. What will your life be like immediately following the surgery, and how can you improve your recovery in the months ahead?

Here are a few of the most common post-rhinoplasty questions patients ask us.

When Can I Blow My Nose?

Although nose blowing seems harmless, it can cause damage to the new structure of your nose if done too soon or aggressively after surgery. Forceful blowing can potentially tear or damage the tissue inside the nose. And that’s not to mention the fact that people who blow too hard often push all that mucus straight into their sinuses!

You may be tempted to blow your nose in the days after surgery, as some congestion is normal when the nasal tissues are swollen. Be sure you follow your surgeon’s recommendations and avoid doing it too soon. Although there’s no standard time frame for everyone, your surgeon can help you determine the point when it’ll be safe to gently and carefully blow your nose. Most rhinoplasty patients will be able to do this after about two weeks, while those who underwent rhinoplasty with septoplasty may need to wait several weeks longer.

When Can I Return to Work?

Many people are able to return to work within 10 days or fewer, depending on the type of work they do and how complex their surgery was. Those who do desk work or non-strenuous jobs usually return to work quickly. After 10 days, much of the bruising will have disappeared or can be easily concealed by makeup, and the initial swelling will have subsided quite a bit.

When Can I Exercise or Play Sports Again?

Exercise and sporting activities need to be approached with caution after any surgery. With rhinoplasty, you don’t want to risk getting hit in the face during a sport. But even “safe” activities such as an aerobics class or jogging can cause nose bleeds, or can slow down healing by straining your body too soon.

Will My Nose Look Really Swollen?

Some swelling and bruising is normal after any surgical procedure. But if you use a skilled facial plastic surgeon for your rhinoplasty, you’ll find that this is kept to a minimum and is very manageable. Usually, a major reduction in swelling is seen after just two to three weeks, and it may be virtually unnoticeable to others at around six weeks after the procedure. Although your full results may not be completely visible to you for a few months, most people will think your nose looks great and will not realize that some minor swelling remains.

How Can I Help My Scars Heal Better?

Scars are a normal part of the healing process, but there are several things you can to minimize their appearance. If you follow your surgeon’s advice, you might end up with a scar that’s practically invisible.

Perhaps the most important advice is about what not to do. Don’t fall for the slick marketing of products that are claimed to “heal scars”, as these tend to be scientifically unproven and may do more harm than good. Definitely don’t pick at your scars. Also, make sure you gently apply sunscreen to the scar whenever you’re outside, because the sun can cause the scar to discolor if it hasn’t fully developed yet.

Exercise and sporting activities need to be approached with caution after any surgery. With rhinoplasty, you don’t want to risk getting hit in the face during a sport. But even “safe” activities such as an aerobics class or jogging can cause nose bleeds, or can slow down healing by straining your body too soon.

 

Can I Wear Glasses and Sunglasses?

You should avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses for the first six weeks after your procedure. While the bridge of your nose is still healing, applying weight to it risks displacing the bone and undoing the work of the surgeon.

Should I Use Cold Compresses?

During the first 24 hours after your rhinoplasty, cold compresses can help reduce some of the eventual swelling. But you should never place these on your nose itself, or you’ll run the risk of interfering with the hearing process by shifting the bone and cartilage while it’s healing. Instead, you should place the compresses on your cheeks, alongside your nose.

Dr. Siegel is Houston’s rhinoplasty specialist. If you want to learn more about rhinoplasty and find out if it’s right for you, contact his office today!

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