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What Activities to Avoid After Rhinoplasty?

With any procedure, whether for cosmetic reasons or as a result of a medical necessity, there are a lot of questions which need to be asked by the patient prior to the operation. How do you prepare for the surgery, what can you expect as far as downtime, what do you have to do during the recovery period and so on. There are small procedures which we may overlook as far as recovery because they are relatively superficial or are minimally-invasive, but in most cases you certainly need to understand the process well before surgery day. An good example is the rhinoplasty procedure, which is one of the most common cosmetic enhancements people choose to undergo and at the same time it has a high rate of mistakes made by the patients post-procedure that disturb the healing process and can negatively affect the long-term outcome.

Dr. Samieh Rizk is considered by Tatler magazine one of the leading facial cosmetic surgeons in the world. His groundbreaking techniques for different rhinoplasty procedures have earned him great acclaim in the medical world. These techniques are innovative in the sense that they not only improve the quality of the results but also shorten the recovery time. However, as with any invasive procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, there must be a substantial period of time to let the body heal. Too often Dr. Rizk sees patients who think they can resume normal activity because they only had work done on their noses.

After a Rhinoplasty procedure by Dr. Rizk you can expect downtime of about a week. Once the time period, which will be determined based on the complexity of the surhery and your pre-existing medical conditions, is over, you can resume most normal activities including going to work. However, you want to continue to avoid the following activities for as long as possible, usually six to eight weeks, unless instructed otherwise from Dr. Rizk:

  • Aerobics - this usually includes running, jogging, and even high impact walking. Remember, you have just went through an invasive procedure which means blood clots can still be a concern, especially in the first week after surgery or for those who suffer from related medical conditions.
  • Stretching and bending - these type of movements usually occur when someone is trying to clean their home, do some yard work or lift something that fell to the floor. Stretching or bending is not advised because it may cause shifting/unnecessary movement to the nose. This type of “shock” can be very bad, especially immediately following the procedure, and should be avoided.
  • Sexual activity should be avoided as long as other physical activities are not allowed, for the same reasons.
  • Direct sunlight - while not a physical activity, being out in the sun is never a good idea for a person who just had a cosmetic procedure.

The reason for undergoing a rhinoplasty varies. Those who wish to have it done solely for cosmetic purposes tend to want their nose elarged, smaller, have the tip reshaped or the bridge readjusted. There are also medical reasons for the procedure which include a deviated septum, broken nose, breathing difficulties or some physical defects that need to be fixed.

Although it is often a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty must be taken seriously. Our patients receive oral and written instructions that explain in detail what to do and what not to do before and after surgery. If you are a patient with questions regarding what activities to avoid after rhinoplasty, please contact Dr. Sam Rizk and his staff members. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to learn more about having a rhinoplasty procedure done with Dr. Rizk, please call 212-452-3362 to set up a time to meet with him.

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