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What Activities to Avoid After Rhinoplasty?

With any procedure, whether it be for cosmetic reasons or as a result of medical necessity, the patient needs to ask questions 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? There are small procedures where the recovery period may be overlooked because they are relatively superficial or are minimally-invasive. However, in most cases, you need to understand the pre and post-op process well before surgery day.

A good example of the importance of post-op care is the rhinoplasty procedure, which is one of the most common cosmetic enhancements people choose to undergo. Although it is a popular procedure, it also has a high rate of post-operative mistakes made by the patients that disturb the healing process, negatively affecting the long-term outcome.

Dr. Rizk’s groundbreaking techniques for different rhinoplasty procedures have earned him great acclaim in the field of plastic surgery. Considered by Tatler Magazine as one of the leading facial cosmetic surgeons in the world, Dr. Risk is committed to achieving his patient’s aesthetic and functional surgery goals. While his innovative surgical techniques not only improve the quality of the results but they also shorten the recovery time, as with any invasive procedure, there must be a substantial period of time post-surgery to let the body heal. Too often, Dr. Rizk sees patients in NYC who think they can resume normal activity because they only had work done on their noses.

What Regimen and Restrictions Await After Rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty by Dr. Rizk, you can expect a downtime period of about a week. The exact time will be determined based on the complexity of the surgery and your pre-existing medical conditions. Once you are passed the initial recovery period, you can resume most normal activities including going to work.

However, you will be advised to avoid a number of activities and situations that might put the nasal structures at risk of shifting while they are healing. After rhinoplasty surgery, you want to continue to avoid the following activities for a minimum of six to eight weeks, unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Rizk:

  • Aerobics - this usually includes running, jogging, and even high impact walking. Remember, you have just gone 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 types 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 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. You will need to restrict your exposure to the sun for up to six weeks following nose surgery. Because the skin is lifted and stretched during rhinoplasty, it will need time to recuperate. Sunburns can interfere with this process.

Additional Limitations You May Experience After a Nose Job

In addition to the activities above, there are certain actions that may jeopardize the outcome of your nose job. Therefore, you will be instructed not to touch or rub your nose. It is also important to avoid sniffing or blowing your nose. Additionally, during your recovery, you may need to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your stomach or side is not usually an option. A recliner can come in handy for this purpose.

Furthermore, there are certain dietary restrictions following rhinoplasty. You may need to avoid solid foods for a few days to avoid discomfort. You will also need to avoid alcohol, as it thins the blood and could lead to excessive bleeding.

Finding the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in NYC

The reason for undergoing rhinoplasty surgery varies. Those who wish to have it done solely for cosmetic purposes tend to want their nose made smaller, have the tip reshaped, or the bridge readjusted. There are also medical reasons for nose surgery 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. Dr. Rizk, a New York double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is highly experienced in various types of nose surgery and post-op protocol to achieve the best possible results. His patients receive customized 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. Rizk and he will be happy to help.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

Last Modified On: 01/14/2020

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