Rhinoplasty recovery is not always a walk in the park for Laguna Beach patients, but Dr. Kevin Sadati works hard to ensure his patients have a proper list of post-operative procedures to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
It is important to remember to be patient, and to recognize that recovery is a huge key to the overall success of the procedure. There will be some initial swelling and bruising, and possibly even a little bit of bleeding from the nose, but within a few short weeks patients will see that it was well worth the wait when they see the nose they have always wanted in the mirror.
Dr. Sadati prescribes a series of pain medications, antibiotics and steroids to help keep his patients comfortable during the post-operative recovery process. The first day is often the most difficult, with swelling and pain being at its worst. During the first 24 hours, patients are asked to stay in bed and rest. Slowly but surely they can resume light physical activity around the house, but rest is extremely important and vital to the surgery’s success. Cold compresses can be applied to the face to help minimize the swelling.
Patients can expect to rest for 7-10 days, and most patients are able to return to work within a week.
The stent on the nose can be removed at a week, and most swelling has completely subsided within 10 days. It is important to remember, however, that there are still restrictions a patient must follow. For instance, all patients should avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds, and they should also avoid bending over too far. Patients should not participate in contact sports for at least two months, and air travel can resume within several weeks.