Recovering From Rhinoplasty Surgery
So you’ve done your research and secured the CosMediTour Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgeon best suited to you, CosMediTour Plastic Surgeons are some of the most experienced Rhinoplasty Surgeons in the world and specialise in numerous Rhinoplasty techniques to ensure the best results possible are achieved. Firstly, Open Rhinoplasty is a major surgery, and it is important to ensure you are not only physically, but also mentally fit for surgery, as travelling overseas for surgery can be an overwhelming process if not adequately prepared.
During your surgery consultation with your Plastic Surgeon you will have a trained CosMediTour Liaison with you for support, it is vital to discuss your expectations and aftercare plan. It is helpful to make a list of questions in advance to ask your Surgeon (always write your Surgeon’s answers down, as it can be overwhelming and you may forget the answers). Keep in mind the consultation will focus on your Surgery, what changes you can expect and other factors to be consider.
Open Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, and takes approximately 3-4 hours hours to complete, with a one night hospital stay required for general monitoring purposes. A common side effect of general anaesthesia is nausea and/or vomiting, in the instance of nausea and/or vomiting, medication can be prescribed. Most clients report pain and discomfort subsiding within 72 hours of the surgery, After this is morea feeling of pressure and congestion. Your CosMediTour Plastic Surgeon will prescribe pain medication post surgery, this is to make you comfortable, although it will not completely remove all pain.
Post Rhinoplasty surgery, expect moderate swelling and bruising, swelling and bruising will be at its worst 48 hours post surgery and will slowly begin to lessen after. Generally initial swelling and bruising will take between 7-14 days to completely subside. Remember, results are rarely visible overnight and everyone’s anatomy is unique, therefore results will vary over the recovery period (12-24 months in some cases). If you are having surgery in Bangkok, a Laser Shower at Intelli Health Plus Clinic is a great tool to assist in minimising swelling and bruising and help to minimise scar tissue formation.
For the first few days post surgery, you may have bloody nasal discharge, feel congested, stuffy, or suffer a nasal cavity blockage. Do not worry, this is normal and this is when your nose rinses, cleaning with the liquid saline solution (your CosMediTour Surgeon will prescribe) and mouth breathing will help your recovery process. It is very important to avoid blowing your nose until you are told it is safe, as this can affect your surgery results and wound healing. Depending on your CosMediTour Surgeon, your aftercare plan may differ, some CosMediTour Plastic Surgeons aftercare plan may include moulding, pressing or taping the nose post Rhinoplasty surgery, whereas others may not. Medical materials such as dressings, packing, gauze, splints and/ or tape may be used to help the initial healing of your nose (both inside and/or outside). These materials play a very important role with after care and ensuring your new nose shape is supported for the best possible healing and surgery outcome.
Within the first 8 weeks post surgery, you should start to notice a gradual change in the shape of your nose. Although, in most cases it can take up to 12 months and with more complex cases or if you have a thicker skin envelope, 24 months, to see the final results. Please note, it is important to remember that the final shape of your new nose will only be apparent after it has fully healed and all swelling has settled completely, you will need to wait and be patient. Other important post surgery care for Rhinoplasty includes, not wearing glasses (contact lenses can be worn instead) and sleeping on your back for the first 4-6 weeks to ensure no unnecessary pressure or contact is placed on your nose.
With all surgeries, Rhinoplasty included, you must stop smoking, drinking alcohol and taking certain medications and vitamins up to 4 weeks pre surgery and 4 weeks post surgery, as these can have adverse effects on your recovery. You can normally return to work within 10-14 days post surgery, if your job is strenuous ensure to discuss this with your CosMediTour Surgeon. Also, avoid all strenuous activity that can elevate your heart rate, excess sun exposure, overly spicy foods, for minimum 6-8 weeks post surgery. If you have any specific plans post surgery or questions, please contact the CosMediTour Client Management Team.
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Disclaimer: Please note any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediTour giving advice. Do your own valid surgery research and seek advice from a general practitioner to enable you to be fully informed about surgery. CosMediTour Surgery Terms & Conditions apply.