Doing surgery on your nose can be very beneficial. However, people say that everything comes with a price, and the cost of rhinoplasty has to be paid two times. One before the surgery with money and the other one after the surgery by the swellings. But, these consequences should not scare you off.
Your nose might need rhinoplasty for appearance or the correct function. Therefore, you should not just skip the rhinoplasty only due to the things after the surgery. For example, swelling and pain are usual after every surgery.
It is essential to listen to your surgeon’s advice as he is responsible and knows the best things for his patient. However, your body will heal itself, and you should not worry about that part. You only need to take some special steps to clean your nose and help with the healing process.
After the rhinoplasty surgery, you will experience some conditions. It is recommended to wear loose clothing and clothing worn by buttons or zip since pulling a dress over your head can be dangerous.
It is recommended to have someone beside you after the surgery to look after you and drive you home. But, if you will be alone afterwards, make sure to get your prescribed medications before the surgery.
Bruising and swelling are completely normal after the surgery, and on day 2 or 3 after the surgery, it reaches its worst condition. Use your pain medication as the doctor ordered and drink plenty of water to prevent unwanted dryness.
In addition, do not blow from the nose and do not cough or sneeze from the nose (if you want to sneeze or cough, do it from your mouth) as it can genuinely hurt your nose surgery and destroy the result of your work.
After the surgery, besides the bruising and swellings, you may feel stiffness and congestion in your nose, which are normal. This is because dried blood and mucus are in your nose, and you need to clean them gently.
You can use saline water or Hydrogen Peroxide for washing out the drainage or dried blood. However, you have to pay attention that you must use no force. It would be best to ask your doctor when you can start washing your nose, but you usually can begin to wash dried blood or drainage after three days to 1 week.
It is recommended to use a spray or a bulb syringe to conduct water without extra pressure. You can also use a Q-tip that’s been soaked in saline water to clean dried blood in your nostril. However, pay attention that you should not use a Q-tip with the packing inside.
Furthermore, the blockage in the nostril can be hurtful as you cannot breathe from the nose, and also, the feeling of something being clogged in the nose is not a very good sense. But, it would help if you did not put your finger in it, or else it will ruin your plans. Instead, you can moisten it using a Q-tip soaked in saline or a moistened napkin to soften the dried blood and mucus.
You can use some special ointment to let the inner skin moisten. However, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor as well.
One of the most important things after the surgery is taking a bath. You can take a shower the day after the surgery. However, you must keep the nose area dry (and the splint if there is one). Ask your doctor when to start taking a full shower.
Coming back to daily life is not hard, and you do not need any special equipment. However, it would be best if you only kept your attention to some crucial points for your health. At first, do not blow so hard from your nose, and do not sneeze from the nose for at least two weeks.
It is recommended to keep the environment moist, and do this; you can use a vaporizer to increase the moisture in the air. However, you can also control the skin’s moisture by gently padding a wet napkin or Q-Tip to your nose.
Also, you should not smoke for at least two weeks after the surgery. Also, you must not smoke two weeks before the surgery. Do not take any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications in these two weeks unless you have talked to your doctor. Also, you would want to stay away from planes and sleep with your head elevated.
It might be good to start using contact lenses if you wear glasses as it is recommended not to put the glasses on the edge of your nose. However, you will probably have to change the shape of your glasses as your nose now has a new form.
After the rhinoplasty, it is not only about cleaning a little tricky; you have to stay away from the direct sun for six months. This is because sunburn can result in discolouration of your nose. However, you can use sunscreens as protection.
Furthermore, during the three weeks following your surgery, you should not do any vigorous exercise and avoid lifting or straining your muscles as this could cause bleeding and harm your healing wound. It would help if you started exercising efficiently and not putting so much pressure.
Pain management can be done in-home. Take painkillers as the doctor has prescribed. You can eat and drink anything you like, and you can get back to your daily diet after the surgery.