Aftercare for Rhinoplasty
How long does it take for recovery?
You should get 5-7 days of recovery at least.
The ‘recovery’ here means the term for stitch removal and heal up.
When would the stitch removal be?
Generally, it takes 5-7 days after surgery, and washing face should be after stitch out.
Washing hair is available after stitch out if you got the cartilage out from the ear,
so you are recommended to visit the hair salon to wash your hair if you need to do before the stitch out.
How long does the swelling last for?
The second and third day would be the most swollen term, and rest of the swelling would be decreased after about 2-4 weeks.
(Actually, it depends on individuals!)
It would be helpful to get your head higher than the heart when you’re sleeping.
Which do I need to do, ice-pack or hot-pack?
You should ice-pack till the 3rd day after the surgery to reduce swelling,
and hot-pack from the 4th day to remove bruise.
(You could do both if the swelling is remained.)
However, do not press too heavily with the pack or get the pack too hot.
You could do for 15 minutes, take a rest, and do again.
I heard that drinking and smoking is forbidden after the surgery.
Both are BANNED.
The alcoholic elements make the body temperature high
which could make inflammation,
and smoking makes the scar recovery to be delayed
which would promote inflammation.
This is the reason that it’s said to avoid them 2-4 weeks at least.
Is there any precaution after the rhinoplasty?
You should be careful neither to run into anything nor to blow your nose,
so don’t catch a cold!
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