What to expect when recovering from a rhinoplasty procedure

woman touching nose smile with clean and fresh skin 1As with any surgery, patients want to heal fast and safely. The risk of infection can increase in patients who do not closely follow their aftercare instructions from their doctor following any type of surgical procedure. Dr. Wayne Larrabee of The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery in Seattle, WA wants to ensure his patients have a positive experience before, during, and after their surgery. Plastic surgery procedures such as the rhinoplasty have unique and specific aftercare instructions for patients to follow to reduce their risk of complications and unwanted side effects.

What is the rhinoplasty procedure?

The rhinoplasty procedure, more commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure of the nose that is used for medical or cosmetic purposes, including a deviated septum. Because of the nature of this and other surgical procedures, it is vital that patients pay close attention to their aftercare instructions to make recovery as short and as comfortable as possible.

What to expect when recovering from rhinoplasty

Below are a few things to note when recovering, as well as some tips to ensure better comfort and faster healing:

  • Expect pressure and discomfort in the nasal area for the first week after the procedure
  • Sleep upright to reduce swelling, maintaining an elevated head for the first five days following surgery
  • Use an ice pack off and on for the first day to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Avoid any strenuous workouts or activities for at least one week after the procedure, and then only with doctor’s orders and approval afterward
  • Manage seasonal allergies with medication to reduce complications while healing from nasal surgery
  • Contact your surgeon at any time if you experience oozing or extensive bleeding at any point after the procedure

Discuss with our doctor the aftercare instructions following the rhinoplasty treatment

If you are interested in undergoing a “nose job” and live in the Seattle, WA area, we welcome you to call The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery to discuss the surgery and aftercare information you need to know. The office is located at 600 Broadway, Suite #280 and can be reached by calling (206) 386-3550 for an appointment.

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