When patients dream of life after a rhinoplasty procedure, they often imagine themselves with the face that they have always dreamed about. They think of a time where they feel comfortable and confident. While this is the result of most rhinoplasty procedures, it is important that patients remember that rhinoplasty recovery can take a bit of time and does require patience. Dr. Kevin Sadati emphasizes to his Irvine patients that there is a minor recovery period but when the proper precautions are taken, the result is well worth it.
Immediately following the procedure, patients can expect there to be bruising and swelling on the face. This surgery is a traumatic event for the face, and the body needs time to heal. It can take between 7-10 days for the swelling to subside, but in the mean time patients are able to manage their pain with prescription pain medications, steroids and antibiotics. Dr. Sadati recommends that patients use cold compresses to help minimize the swelling on the face. There is a splint placed on the nose which can be removed a week after the surgery is done.
Patients who work in an office or have a light workload are usually able to return to work after 7 days.
However, just because most daily activities can be resumed within 7-10 days does not mean that there are no further restrictions for rhinoplasty patients. For instance, heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks, and patients should be cautious not to bend over too far for several weeks. All contact sports should be avoided for at least two months. Patients who wear contacts are able to wear them immediately without restriction, but those who wear glasses must tape the eyeglasses to their face. This ensures the new form of the nose is not damaged.