What not to do after a rhinoplasty

Many men and women undergo the rhinoplasty procedure for a variety of reasons. Whether your nasal surgery was cosmetic or functional, there are a several precautions you need to take throughout the recovery process. In attempt to help you maximize your results and get the most out of your new nose, here are a few things NOT to do after rhinoplasty surgery:

  • Avoid Blowing Your Nose
    Few things are more dangerous to your new and perfected nose than it being blown with intense pressure. Since allergies, colds and flus may be the primary cause of nasal disruption, it is important to ensure you are surrounded by a healthy and illness-free environment in the weeks leading up to and after your procedure.
  • Stay Away from Demanding Activity
    Following your rhinoplasty procedure, it is important that you avoid any strenuous activity; including high intensity workouts, playing sports, or engaging in vigorous movement. Activities that increase blood flow are likely to raise swelling and may even cause bleeding. Even more so, the nose is in an extremely vulnerable state post-surgery. Any intense motions can cause the shape to change, bones to shift, and ultimately lead to a damaged nose.
  • Keep Out of the Sun
    Once you’re deep into the healing process, it’s easy to think that you can handle a day out in the sun. However, this simple desire can lead to a series of negative consequences if not first cleared by your surgeon. The sun’s powerful rays have the potential to burn the nose, create discoloration around incision sites, or increase your risk for other complications. If your doctor permits you to be exposed in the sun, make sure you keep your nose protected with a hat or sunscreen.
  • Don’t Bump, Hit, or Touch Your Nose
    After rhinoplasty surgery, it can be tempting to feel your new nose. However, doing so—in any capacity—can result in intense pain and damages. To keep anything and everything away from your nose will be one of the most challenging parts of your recovery. It is best to avoid wearing glasses, pulling clothes over your head, playing with children or pets, or carrying or lifting heavy items.

While this list provides a few key tips for an effective recovery, it is by no means comprehensive. For a full and thorough list of do’s and don’t’s on rhinoplasty recovery, get in touch with Dr. Stallworth today. His knowledge and expertise will ensure that you have all of the information and resources needed to make a full and successful recuperation post rhinoplasty.