The most difficult part about any cosmetic surgery is easily the recovery process. The same is true for a rhinoplasty procedure, but Dr. Kevin Sadati feels that his patients do better during recovery when they are informed about what they can expect during the process. Facial plastic surgery is a traumatic event for the body, and it is crucial that patients take the time they need to rest and recover. This ensures better results in the long run, and also makes the recovery period shorter.
The average recovery time for a nose job is between 7 and 10 days. Newport Beach and Orange County patients should be advised that there will be significant swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure is complete. This can be shocking, but it is important to remember that in a short period of time the bruising and swelling will subside. Patients are more accepting of this swelling when they understand why it occurs. Some rhinoplasties require the surgeon to break the nose in order to correct the issues. This process is called an osteotomy. Patients who do not require this procedure do not have as much bruising, but patients that do have an osteotomy performed will notice significant bruising and swelling. However, after it is gone completely, patients will be able to see the true results of the surgery and show off their new nose.
As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Sadati often gives his patients several tips that help them reduce the amount of bruising and swelling. The tips are as follows:
- Herbal supplements such as papaya extract, and bromelain can help to minimize the overall impact of bruising and swelling on the face.
- Patients are advised to avoid blood-thinning products for at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Examples of such products include ibuprofen, garlic pills, ginseng, naproxen sodium, aspirin, glucosamine and vitamin E.
- Ice packs and cold compresses can be applied to the patient’s face for the 48 hours immediately following the surgery. These compresses help to alleviate pain but also reduce the amount of swelling on the face at the same time.
It is crucial that patients follow the doctor’s post-operative orders very closely. These are special instructions that ensure the patient gets the best results that will last the longest amount of time. While bruising and swelling will decrease significantly in the first two weeks after surgery, it will not disappear entirely for several months and sometimes even a year. However, once the nasal splint is removed a week after the surgery most people are ready and excited to get back out into the public again with their new nose. For more information on the recovery process, contact our office today.