When a patient first looks in the mirror after coming out of a rhinoplasty surgery, they should not be surprised if they do not like what they see. Initially following the surgery, most patients experience bruising and swelling. They find their face barely recognizable, and some are caught off guard that they do not immediately see the brand new, beautiful nose that they were expecting. This is why Dr. Kevin Sadati, a board certified facial plastic surgeon who services the Costa Mesa area, emphasizes the importance of patience during the rhinoplasty recovery process.
It is important to note that the initial bruising and swelling will subside about 7-10 days following the surgery. In the mean time, the patient needs to rest and relax in order to ensure the nose is protected, and the surgery will be successful. The first 24 hours following the procedure should be spent lying in bed. The patient should spend the next week resting at home, avoiding work and any strenuous activities.
If a patient pushes too hard, the chance of a revision procedure increases as does the chance for general unhappiness with the results of the surgery.
The patient should expect to feel pain during the recovery process, but this pain is often managed quite well through antibiotics, steroids and pain medications prescribed by the surgeon. Cold compresses are recommended to help decrease the swelling on the face. Most patients are able to return to work within a week of having the surgery, but it is important to note that there are still restrictions they should follow for several weeks and months. For instance, heavy lifting is not recommended for several weeks, and patients should avoid bending over too far. Contact sports should be avoided for several months.