8 Quick Tips for a Smooth Rhinoplasty Recovery

woman smiling after Rhinoplasty in Paramus, NJ

Rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) helps our Paramus and Ridgewood, New Jersey, patients reshape their noses. However, while the results are certainly transformative, they take some time to develop. To speed up the healing process and see your new nose as soon as possible, you should invest in the recovery process. Here are 8 quick tips for supporting your body’s recovery when you’re healing at home after rhinoplasty.

Keep your head elevated.

Keep your head raised for several days after surgery to prevent swelling and pressure. The first night home, use 2 or 3 pillows to elevate your head while you sleep. If you have a recliner, you can relax in the seat and make it your temporary bed for a few days.

Use cold compresses.

Since you will have a splint on your nose, you can apply cold washcloths across your face area to reduce swelling and discomfort.  Change the washcloths often and keep them cold.  

Get plenty of rest.

Use cold washcloths across your face area to reduce swelling and discomfort.  Change the washcloths often and keep them cold. You may be tempted to get back to exercise or your other regular routines after surgery. But remember: Your body needs rest in order to heal and recover. Opt for lighter workouts that restrict up-and-down movement. Get plenty of sleep and limit your facial movements as much as possible.

Maintain a healthy diet.

There are no serious restrictions regarding food after rhinoplasty but try to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Nutritious food options give your body the support it needs and naturally speed up the recovery process. The first few days after surgery, you may prefer soft foods such as mashed potatoes or smoothies as they are easier to swallow.

Don’t blow your nose.

You may feel “stuffed up” and be tempted to blow your nose after surgery, but curb this impulse for the 3 weeks. Blowing your nose builds pressure inside the nostrils and could cause bleeding or additional bruising. Excess bruising restarts the clock of your recovery journey. 

Avoid wearing glasses.

You can wear your glasses over your splint for the first week.  Refrain from wearing glasses the first 4 weeks after surgery, as the frames can cause indentations and deviations on your nasal bones. Try wearing contacts during this time, if possible. You can also buy specialized post-surgical glasses online. 

Stay out of the sun.

Sun exposure after rhinoplasty can impact your skin and potentially cause permanent discoloration. Stay indoors as much as possible the first few weeks after surgery. When outside, apply 30+ SPF and wear protective clothing or a sun hat. 

Listen to your doctor. 

As with any surgery, there’s one golden rule: Always listen to your rhinoplasty doctor. Take any medications exactly as directed and review your procedure’s paperwork for guidance. Do not stop taking any antibiotics, even if you start feeling better. If you experience any major issues—such as loose stitches, increased bleeding, or a fever—contact your doctor immediately. 

By following these 8 straightforward tips, you can enjoy a smooth, successful rhinoplasty recovery. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real results from past rhinoplasty patients. If you’re in the Paramus or Ridgewood area and would like to learn more about treatment, request a consultation online or call (201) 967-1212.

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