4. Taking the medicine
Your doctor will give you a specific list of medicines to take to help you heal and go through the recovery process as smoothly as possible. Trust your doctor and stick to the prescription.
But as the general guideline, during two weeks before and after the surgery, you should avoid any medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen such as Advil and Motrin IB because they may increase bleeding. The exception is when the medication is approved or prescribed by your surgeon.
Other things that you should steer away from are herbal remedies and any supplements that you can buy without a prescription.
5. Daily activities
What about your daily activities? Are there things that you shouldn’t do during your rhinoplasty recovery timeline? In general, you should avoid any activity that disturb your nose. But always discuss things with your doctor.
Let’s go through some common daily activities in this rhinoplasty recovery guide.
A. Brushing your teeth
There’s no restriction on brushing your teeth, but you should do it gently to limit movement of your upper lip.
B. Blowing your nose or sneezing
Blowing your nose is a no-no. At least not until your doctor allows you to do so. Even though you may have the urge to blow your nose off due to the swollen nasal tissue, it’s safer not to do so and use a saline nasal spray.
Sneezing is also prohibited during your recovery period. Try to take care of yourself in order not to get a cold and stay away from pepper. And, when you need to sneeze, do it through your mouth.
Sneeze with your mouth wide open as long as you’re not fully recovered from nose surgery.
Even though you might be a skillful driver, it’s better to have someone to drive you to your destinations. The reason is that the effect of anesthesia from the surgery can linger for a few days. You have to also consider the effect of post-op medication that you need to take during your recovery. These kinds of medicine might cause memory lapses, slowed reaction time, and impaired judgment.
While there are no restrictions against showering, it’s better to take a bath instead of a shower while you have bandages on your nose. And remember to use lukewarm water and not hot water.
Stop smoking. Period. Smoking can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of getting an infection.
F. Drinking alcohol
Another substance that you need to get away from during your recovery is alcohol, at least for three weeks after the surgery. Alcohol is known to interact with some medications including acetaminophen which is used to relieve the post-op pain. The reaction could be harmful to your kidneys.
G. Wearing makeup
You can start wearing makeup right away after the surgery as long as you avoid the operated area. But remember not to apply any pressure to the nose for about three to four weeks after rhinoplasty.
H. Having sex
Avoid any adrenaline-rush activities including sexual intercourse for 10 days after surgery. These kinds of activities cause inflammation in the nose and sometimes bleeding.
Moreover, it’s possible to hurt the nose during sex when you are not fully in control of your action.
I. Crying, laughing, and smiling
During recovery, it’s advisable to avoid extreme facial expressions such as crying, laughing, and smiling. Moreover, crying can cause clog in your nose and nose-blowing is forbidden.
But as a human being, you might find it difficult not to express your feelings. Just try your best to suppress your urge to cry, laugh, or smile. Better yet, avoid any situation that might cause you to have those reactions, at least until your doctor gives you the green light.
J. Rubbing, hitting or bumping your nose
You should try to keep your nose out of any trouble at all costs. Rubbing, hitting, or even bumping your nose will most likely send you back to the surgeon for another session.
6. Returning to Work
Even though rhinoplasty surgery is normally an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day when the procedure is done, it’s important to give your body time to heal before going back to the routines.
Most of the swelling will subside within three days, and most patients can go back to work or school one week after their rhinoplasty. The signs of stitches or scarring should not be visible after two or three weeks post-op.