The first step to getting the results you want out of a rhinoplasty procedure is finding a highly-skilled facial plastic surgeon. The second step is following the proper protocol when it comes to rhinoplasty recovery. San Juan Capistrano patients who are working with Dr. Kevin Sadati have already secured the best surgeon in the area, but it is important that all of Dr. Sadati’s patients recognize just how crucial the recovery period is to the overall success of the surgery.
Dr. Sadati takes the time to stress to every rhinoplasty patient that patience is key during the recovery process.
Immediately following the procedure, the patient will notice a lot of swelling and even minor bleeding. The results that they are hoping for will not be seen right out of the operating room, and it can take up to 10 days for the swelling and bruising to completely subside. For the first 24 hours after surgery, a patient is required to rest in bed. After the first day, most patients can resume light daily activities around the house. If a patient works in an office setting where the workload is not physically straining, they often can return to work within a week of the surgery.
The doctor often prescribes a series of antibiotics, steroids and pain medications to help patients cope with the initial pain of recovery. Cold compresses can be used to help reduce swelling on the face. A stent is placed on the nose and can be removed within a week. Sutures that are used during the surgery will dissolve on their own, so the patient does not have to come back in to have them removed. All contact sports should be avoided for at least two months. For the first couple weeks, patients should avoid heavy lifting and bending over too far.