The results of your rhinoplasty procedure will last a lifetime. Once the swelling has completely reduced, which can take up to a year, there is no “maintenance” required. However, there are several potential concerns and things you should be aware of.
One thing to remember is that your nose, like any other part of the face, will continue to descend and age. Don’t expect to have the nose of a 20-year-old the rest of your life.
It takes about six weeks for the nose itself to heal. During this time, it is crucial that you avoid contact sports or any direct trauma. You may be able to participate in non-contact sports after about three weeks, depending on your specific situation and the progress of your healing.
Some surgeons recommend that their rhinoplasty patients avoid travel for at least a week, if not longer. Flying after rhinoplasty is not likely to cause any major discomfort. However, lifting baggage – and the overall hustle and bustle of travel – put your unhealed nose at risk of harm.
Following your nose surgery you will need to avoid sun exposure for up to six weeks. During the rhinoplasty procedure the nasal skin is lifted and stretched to access the nasal bone. The skin needs time to recover from this. Sunburns damage the outermost layer of skin, in turn making it difficult for the already traumatized nasal skin to heal. Moreover, the lymphatics, or vessels that transport fluid from the skin and inner structures of the nose, are fragile and require a few months to recover following rhinoplasty.
There is also a risk of complications. These include the following:
- Skin problems (including necrosis, or tissue death)
- Irritation from bandages and tape
- Holes in the septum (the wall between the nostrils)
- Infection (your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent this)
- Nasal blockage from swelling
- Anesthesia complications
And of course, it is always possible that you won’t like the results of your surgery. For this reason, it is very important that you discuss your suitability for rhinoplasty with Dr. Rizk prior to undergoing this appearance- and life- changing procedure.
Rapid Recovery Rhinoplasty FAQs
What is rapid recovery rhinoplasty?
Rapid recovery rhinoplasty refers to the use of certain techniques before, during, and after rhinoplasty to increase the likelihood of a quick recovery. The goal is to allow patients to return to their normal activities as quickly as possible. By using a combination of technology, medications, and other techniques, Dr. Sam Rizk creates a unique plan for each patient undergoing a rapid recovery rhinoplasty to give the patient the best results with the shortest amount of downtime possible.
A quick recovery following surgery is particularly important in cities like NYC. In a city where time is money, no one can afford to be out of his or her normal routine longer than necessary. Aside from the professional need to return to work quickly, many patients are eager to show off their new look as soon as possible.
What techniques are used in rapid recovery rhinoplasty?
Dr. Rizk’s use of a 3D telescope is a key component to his rapid recovery rhinoplasties. The use of this technology allows him to operate with extreme precision and create the smallest incisions possible, which leads to faster healing times and better results. The 3D telescope also lets Dr. Rizk sculpt deeper under the nasal tissues where there are fewer bloods vessels, thus diminishing the occurrence of bruising. In addition, Dr. Rizk uses certain material to eliminate the need for nasal packing, such as tissue glues and dissolvable sutures. The use of these advanced materials enhances patient comfort during recovery, as well as speeding it along.
In addition to surgical techniques, Dr. Rizk may give you instructions to follow before and after the surgery to promote healing. Before surgery, you may need to discontinue the use of certain medications, such as blood thinners, and Dr. Rizk may suggest you take certain herbal supplements to support the immune system and promote better healing after the surgery. Following surgery, topical creams may be used to encourage lymphatic drainage, and Dr. Rizk may even encourage you to undergo lymphatic drainage massage. Additionally, professional camouflaging makeup can be applied to diminish the appearance of any bruising or swelling so you can resume normal activities quickly.
How quickly can I return to work and normal activities after rapid recovery rhinoplasty?
Typically, most patients look presentable and show no obvious traces of surgery just 1 week after the rhinoplasty. If used, the nasal splint will be removed after 1 week. After 2 weeks, the patient can resume moderate exercise and physical activities. More intensive sports and activities can be resumed after 6 weeks. Dr. Rizk may ask you to do certain things to speed recovery, including the use of tape at night for a few weeks to decrease swelling if you have thicker skin. Bruising and discoloration around the eyes is not common, and Dr. Rizk may provide you with professional camouflaging makeup to hide any other signs of surgery so you can resume normal activities as soon as possible.
What should I consider when looking for a surgeon to perform my rapid recovery rhinoplasty?
Not all plastic surgeons are able to offer rapid recovery rhinoplasty to their patients, as it requires knowledge and training in certain techniques and technologies. In Manhattan, Dr. Sam Rizk is an excellent choice for rapid recovery rhinoplasty, as he has been performing them for many years with great results. In fact, Dr. Rizk is a pioneer of many of the techniques used today, and has perfected the technique in his New York practice. Even in traditional rhinoplasties with longer recovery periods, Dr. Rizk uses many of the same techniques to allow his patients to resume normal activities as quickly as possible.
Who is a candidate for rapid recovery rhinoplasty?
In order to understand if rapid recovery rhinoplasty is an option for you, please make an appointment to see Dr. Rizk. Some rhinoplasties require a more extensive approach than others, and thus rapid recovery may not be a possibility; however, you can be assured that when Dr. Sam Rizk performs your rhinoplasty, your recovery period will be as short as possible.
Does rhinoplasty cause fat loss under the eyes?
In today’s Internet age, rumors and misconceptions tend to spread like wild fire. The realm of plastic surgery is no exception. One popular misconception holds that rhinoplasty (nose surgery) causes a loss of fat beneath the eyes. There is no truth to this rumor.
On message board and in chat rooms, some rhinoplasty patients have reported fat loss and/or a gaunt look around the eyes. Several factors may be involved. Facial aging is probably the biggest culprit. As we age, we do lose facial fat, and this includes the area under the eyes. In addition, tissue descends. Another cause may be weight loss. Also, because rhinoplasty patients are preoccupied with the appearance of their nose prior to surgery, and because the nose is such a prominent feature, some patients may not pay much attention to the appearance of other facial features until after their nose surgery. Any of these factors, or a combination of them, may be to blame for the gaunt appearance some rhinoplasty patients have reported following surgery.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments to counter the effects of aging or facial weight loss. Restylane, Juvederm and other tissue fillers may be used to transform the appearance of the under-eye area, resulting in a smoother, more youthful look. In other cases, Dr. Rizk opts to perform fat transfer as another viable option. And a mid-face lift can provide a more dramatic transformation. Contact Dr. Rizk for more information on these treatments.
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk