Are you about to have a rhinoplasty? The good news is that a nose job is one of the least intrusive procedures available, and will heal rapidly and easily. However, it’s still a procedure that involves an incision, swelling and careful monitoring after it’s completed. Because of this, there are a few best practices to heal faster, keep your mood up, and reduce scarring:
- Protect the incision.
- Avoid anything strenuous.
- Use contact lenses.
- Steps to reduce swelling
- Take care of your physical and mental health.
Even while stitched, the incision is vulnerable to infection and trauma. Before it has healed over, be careful not to expose the incision to water, cosmetics, or physical contact of any kind.
After the incision has healed over, it may still be vulnerable for up to a few months. Under the surface, your skin is trying to rebuild by tying the two sides together with protein chains. Under normal conditions, these protein chains will lie straight across the incision, leading to a small, tight, flat scar. If the chains are disrupted by direct sunlight, impacts, or high blood pressure, they may bunch up instead, creating a raised scar.
For the few months following your rhinoplasty, wear hats and sunscreen whenever possible, and don’t lie out in the sun.
Strenuous activity increases your blood pressure, which is especially bad in the first three weeks. Although light exercise like walking is helpful for the healing process, anything more can be damaging.
If you have strenuous household chores to do, try to either finish them before your surgery or pawn them off on family members. “I’m healing from surgery” is a great excuse to get out of doing housework!
Glasses put a subtle stress on the nose that makes swelling worse. Try to use contacts until the swelling is totally gone (which is generally about two months).
Swelling can be reduced after rhinoplasty by using cold packs and ice packs around the nose, and sleeping with your head elevated. There are also pills that can be taken, and creams and gels containing arnica that can be applied to minimize swelling. By reducing the initial swelling healing will be quicker and the final result will be achieved earlier.
Surgery is hard on you, both physically and mentally. It takes your body some time to deal with swelling and inflammation. You can make things easier on your physical health by cutting out all tobacco and alcohol a few weeks before surgery, and two months afterwards.
You will probably feel a little down. This is actually a normal part of the body’s inflammatory response; inflamed tissue causes stress hormones that make you feel tired and even slightly sad. This is a healthy response: the body is telling you to stay inside and take care of yourself, so do just that! Rent a variety of movies and TV shows, spend time with pets, and be nice to yourself.
Once the inflammation dies down, you’ll be feeling better than ever!