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What not to do after a rhinoplasty procedure

June 21, 2019

A rhinoplasty, known colloquially as a nose job, is a very common cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at changing the structure, shape, and/or form of the nose to improve nasofacial balance and overall aesthetic appearance. The procedure can also help those with breathing problems by improving airway flow and function. But as with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to understand what’s involved with recovery and aftercare just as much as it is to understand the procedure itself!

 

Rhinoplasty recovery: what to expect

 

When you book a rhinoplasty in Toronto at SpaMedica, you’re in great hands. Our patients benefit from Dr. Mulholland’s 20+ years of experience performing rhinoplasty procedures. Although there is surprisingly little pain associated with post-op rhinoplasties, sterile packing is placed inside the nose to minimize the risk of bleeding for the first 3 days, and there is also a cast placed on the nose to support the broken nasal bones and delicate structures until they are more stable—usually at 7 days. You will likely require at least a full week off from social activities and work due to bruising and swelling. But not to worry, because you should look pretty great at the 3-week point, and aesthetic improvements continue to occur gradually over the next year.

 

What not to do after your rhinoplasty procedure

 

Once you’ve undergone the best rhinoplasty in Toronto at SpaMedica, there is no special maintenance needed, but it is crucial that you take simple care not to traumatize your nose. In order to hasten your healing and avoid any unnecessary complications, there are several things one should certainly avoid doing after a rhinoplasty procedure:

 

  • Resist playing with or touching your nose. It will be highly sensitive following your rhinoplasty.
  • Refrain from physical activities that require exertion or contact for several weeks.
  • Avoid wearing glasses for 6-8 weeks as they can compromise the bridge of your nose. Opt for contact lenses instead.
  • Try not to blow your nose if you can help it.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as is possible to avoid post-op discolouration—and wear sunscreen.
  • Don’t drink alcohol after your rhinoplasty procedure—it can interfere with any medication you have been given as well as with the healing process!
  • If you’re a smoker, do your best not to smoke for at least a month. Since smoking has a direct impact on breathing and you want to avoid putting any undue stress on your nose—as you would even by coughing—it’s best to avoid this scenario altogether.
  • Drink a lot of water to stay properly hydrated and commit to a healthy diet. Healing from any surgery requires all your body’s systems be in optimal condition!

 

Considering a nose job in the Toronto area? Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica to learn more about the rhinoplasty cost, procedure, and all the fantastic options available to our modern-day rhinoplasty patients!

 

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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