Many patients are shocked when they look in the mirror after rhinoplasty surgery. They may not recognize themselves with all the medical packing, dried blood, stitches, bruising and swelling. A patient’s initial reaction may be panic or regret because it is difficult to visualize the final result.


But don’t panic. Bruising and other symptoms are normal aftereffects of having a facial cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty. It is also normal to feel a bit down. With this in mind, here are our tips for getting though your post-surgical slump:


1. Do Your Homework Beforehand

You’re more likely to be happier during your recovery if you prepare for it well. So make sure to get all your ducks in a row before your rhinoplasty surgery. This means acquiring anything that may make your recovery go more smoothly, including medications, books, movies and other things. Ask your surgeon for a list of things you can do to prepare for your recovery.


2. Be Prepared to Be Patient

As previously mentioned, swelling and bruising are normal aftereffects of undergoing facial cosmetic surgery. In fact, it would be strange if you didn’t show any signs of having had surgery. So don’t stress about it. Be patient and let the process play out. As the days go by, you’ll look better and better.


3. Keep Calm

Staying calm relieves stress, which in turn aids in the recovery process. If necessary, do some meditation or visualization exercises to keep yourself calm.


4. Don’t Just Sit Around

Lying around can get depressing. It may be inevitable for a couple of days, but there’s no reason to let it get out of hand. While you won’t be able to exercise for about a week, there’s no reason you can’t walk around the house and even outside. You can also engage in indoor activities like cooking and chatting with friends.


5. Spend Some Time Outside

Go outside and get some fresh air! As it turns out, our parents’ advice holds true for us as adults, regardless of whether we’ve just had rhinoplasty surgery. Even if it’s just to listen to the birds and watch the breeze blowing through the trees, getting out of the house will make you feel a little better. If you’re embarrassed about your cast, sit in the backyard or cover your face with a scarf (but be careful not to bump your nose).


6. Invite Friends Over

Your friends all want to know what they can do, so tell them to come on over and keep you company! You don’t have to cook an elaborate meal; just order a pizza or make some tea, and throw on a movie or have a chat.


7. Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal to document your experience is a great way to keep yourself busy and distracted from any discomfort. Some people even start a blog to share their experiences with other people who may be considering having rhinoplasty. Sharing and conversing with others about your experience can help you feel less alone.


8. Catch Up on Your “To Do” List

Have some phone calls to make? Need to do some research on appliances or window treatments? Now’s the time to do it. You may not be able to engage in strenuous activity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get anything done. If you think about it, it’s actually a win-win: You can use your downtime as an opportunity to catch up on tasks that may have been stressing you out!