Having rhinoplasty surgery can make a major difference to your face but a nose job is a surgical procedure and carries some risk by default. Most patients who want to undergo a nose job want to know ‘does rhinoplasty hurt’. Let’s take a look at some of the considerations and what you can do to speed up the healing process.
What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Rhinoplasty surgery or a nose job is performed to change the appearance of the nose and in some cases, it is performed to address breathing issues. Rhinoplasty is one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures for local surgeons but it can take anywhere from six to 12 months before your nose finally settles into shape and structure because your nose is such a prominent structure on your face.
Does Rhinoplasty Hurt?
Firstly your rhinoplasty surgery will be performed under anaesthesia, so you should not feel anything while your surgeon is working. Once the anaesthetic wears off, however, some discomfort and swelling are quite common.
Most nose surgery incisions are done inside the nostrils which means that there will not likely be visible wounds or scars afterwards. Most reputable surgeons do their best to make the incisions in less visible places but because they are small, most incisions and scars will fade over time.
What To Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Does rhinoplasty hurt? The amount of pain experienced and the length of time it goes on, is different for every patient, and very much depends on your pain threshold. What can you expect in terms of a healing timeline after your nose job?
Three To Seven Days Post Surgery
You can expect some swelling, bleeding and bruising to be present after your procedure. These side effects should resolve around seven days after your procedure. Any internal bandages and sponges will be removed now but you can expect the darkening and bruising under your eyes to be quite prominent still.
Seven Days After Surgery
Any external sutures and nasal cast will be removed a week after your procedure. By this point, you may be ready to start wearing makeup again and may return to work.
Three Weeks Post Surgery
By this point, most of the bruising and swelling would have improved on the bridge of your nose and you will feel less self-conscious. While you might still have some swelling and bruising you may feel more confident about going out.
Six Weeks Post Surgery
By this stage, you should be able to resume any physical fitness activities you were doing prior to surgery. With the improvement in swelling, the shape of your nose starts to appear more natural.
52 Weeks After Rhinoplasty Surgery
A year after your rhinoplasty surgery, your nasal tip will have settled and your nose is finally in its complete shape.
This is the stage at which you may start to consider revision surgery; you should not think about it until a year after your first procedure.
What You Can Do To Speed Up The Healing Process?
Being prepared and ensuring your environment is prepared for you post-surgery can make recovery that much more comfortable. Here are some ideas to manage pain and discomfort during recovery:
Keep Your Head Elevated
Propping your head up on lots of pillows when resting and sleeping, can stop the blood from pooling in your head, which can lead to more discomfort and bleeding. Sit as upright as you can when resting.
Ice and cold compresses are still the most effective way to manage swelling and inflammation. Just don’t hold the compress in one spot for too long or apply ice directly to your skin.
Don’t Blow Your Nose
After your nose job surgery, the inside of your nose will be congested for some time. Do not blow your nose and where possible, sneeze through your mouth to give your nose time to heal. Also, if you wear glasses, you’ll have to remove them as it is not advisable to put weight on your nose.
Surgical recovery requires lots of bed rest so make sure you get enough sleep and ask for help when you need it. You should not exert yourself too far, even to the extent of waiting for six weeks before you can even exercise again.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Resist the temptation to get sun on your nose while you are recovering as this can cause the skin on your nose to darken.
Follow A Healthy Lifestyle
Eat healthy foods and make sure you are getting enough water, fruit and vegetables while you recover. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables helps to ensure that you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals to heal.
You should also not smoke. You would have been advised to quit smoking for at least two weeks prior to your surgery and should not smoke while you recover. This is because nicotine limits blood flow and can interfere with your body’s ability to heal itself.
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