Having surgery done to permanently change something on your body and in this case, your face, can be very scary. You can be faced with endless thoughts and concerns in your head with only a surgeon to tell you he/she has done it over and over again. Whether the person who’s performing your surgery has 3 or 30 years of experience, it’s still your face and one touched with a scalpel, most probably won’t ever be able to look the same again.
So, just for added caution and more importantly, to ease your mind and concerns, you best plan for everything to come.
Before Getting a Rhinoplasty
Plan for some bruising and swelling
Don’t freak out. This is something your surgeon needs to inform you about before even scheduling the surgery. With some rhinoplasty surgeries people get lucky and don’t experience much bruising or swelling at all, with others, you might experience 7 to 10 days of swelling, which will occur at its worst during the first 3 to 5 days. Once the surgery is done, your surgeon will recommend homoeopathic remedies, as well as vitamins such as Bromelain that will help speed up your recovery. You should also keep your head elevated, not wear glasses within the first month of recovery and avoid putting any pressure on your nose.
Don’t exercise after surgery
When getting a rhinoplasty done, you should avoid exercising for up to 3 or 4 weeks. You should also try and keep your blood pressure as low as possible. Increasing your heart rate above a 100bpm will cause increased swelling on the face, which is something you don’t want if you’re in recovery.
The recovery process takes between 12 to 15 months
This is where planning starts coming in. You have to be ready for a longer recovery than you might think. Adjusting your nose is not going to heal overnight. Even though most of the swelling resolves between 10 to 14 days, the rest thereof only subsides after 4 to 6 weeks. Another thing you have to be prepared for is that it can take between 12 to 15 months to see the residual swelling dissipate. This is usually the case with the tip of the nose. Most patients struggle to accept that it takes up to a year or more for the nose to completely heal, but slow recovery, in this case, is completely normal. The results might even appear asymmetric at first due to swelling going down.
What will the results be after surgery?
The good thing about post-surgery is that you won’t be prone to experience any significant bouts of pain. There might, however, be some bruising, leaving your nose to even feel stuffy at times. You may even have swelling in your eyes and you might also have nasal splints, which might cause you to not be able to breathe through the nose for a while. You will also feel a bit fatigued after your surgery, but again, it’s all normal.