Patients who are interested in a rhinoplasty procedure, need to recognize that the recovery is often one of the most important keys to success. Dr. Kevin Sadati prescribes a variety of rhinoplasty recovery restrictions to his patients in Newport Beach, and it is essential that these doctor’s orders are followed. When a patient does not abide by the recovery restrictions, the chances of a revision procedure or negative results are much higher.
Once the surgery is complete, patients can expect there to be moderate pain and swelling on the face. Patients need to remember that patience is key — it will not be long before the patient can see the result of the rhinoplasty procedure.
It takes between 7-10 days for the swelling to subside, and the doctor often prescribes a variety of pain medications and steroids to help post-operative patients deal with the pain. The patient is required to stay in bed for 24 hours following the surgery, and should rest and recover for about a week.
In addition to recognizing the swelling is a normal part of the healing process, patients should note that there will be a little bit of bleeding from the nose. If bleeding gets worse or persists, the patient should contact Dr. Sadati immediately. To help the recovery process go smoothly, patients should avoid blowing their nose at all costs, not bend over so that their head is lower than their heart and avoid any heavy lifting. A week after surgery, the stint that is over the nose can be removed.
Patients who work in an office setting or have a light workload can often return to work within a week. Contact sports should be avoided for several months, but light exercise can resume several weeks later. Contact lenses can be worn immediately after surgery, and patients who wear glasses should tape them to their face so as not to damage the new nose.