Most people have a rhinoplasty procedure performed because they are looking to improve the look of their nose, which is the focal point of their face. However, many patients do not realize just how important the recovery process is to the overall success of the procedure. Dr. Kevin Sadati gives several restrictions and post-operative instructions for the rhinoplasty recovery period to his Mission Viejo patients. When followed properly, the recovery time typically lasts about a week, and revision rates are very low.
First and foremost, patients should recognize that there will be some swelling and pain following the surgery. The result of the rhinoplasty may not be immediately seen, and patience is key.
Dr. Sadati typically prescribes a variety of pain medications, antibiotics and steroids to help those in recovery stay comfortable. Cold compresses can be used to minimize swelling of the face. Following the surgery, a patient needs to stay in bed for 24 hours and rest. After the first day, light daily activities can be resumed, but most patients should stay home to recover for about 7-10 days. Typically, a stent is placed on the nose, and that can be removed after a week. Rest is crucial and will help the body heal faster.
During the recovery period, it is important that the patient follows several restrictions. Some of those restrictions include no heavy lifting, no bending over so that the head is past the heart and no contact sports for at least two months. Dr. Sadati does recommend that patients resume light exercise after a few weeks. Patients who wear contacts can wear their lenses immediately following the surgery, but eyeglasses need to be taped to the face to avoid the glasses impacting the surgery results. Patients are typically able to resume air travel after several weeks.