7 Tips for Healing Following Asian Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, yet requires those who undergo the surgery to remain patient as results may continue to evolve over a 24-month period. During the procedure, the nasal bones may be broken during an osteotomy; cartilage may be shaved and reshaped; and the skin will be sutured into more desirable positions. These changes require adequate healing time frames, but can be helped along through helpful tips. The following suggestions can be applied to traditional or Asian rhinoplasty patients.
Prior to surgery, get all prescriptions filled.
Dr. Nassif may prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to ensure the most comfortable, safest healing period possible. Fill prescriptions prior to the surgery to ensure you have access to necessary medications when needed.
Do all necessary chores prior to your Asian rhinoplasty.
Enjoy a clean home and hygienic healing environment while recovering from Asian rhinoplasty by performing chores and errands prior to the procedure. It is recommended that you do all of the following prior to the surgery:
-Do all laundry, including bedding
-Purchase hygiene products such as wet wipes that will allow you to freshen up in the event you cannot shower
-Clear clutter from walkways as you may be medicated which can impair judgment
Do not blow your nose for two weeks following surgery.
The pressure of airflow in one direction can create unnecessary stress in the vulnerable, recently-manipulated tissues of the nose.
Sleep with the head in an elevated position for 1-2 weeks postoperatively.
Allow gravity to benefit the healing process by draining fluids out the nose rather than accumulating them when the head is at horizontal rest. This will help prevent congestion and promote the natural exit of these excess fluids.
Be prepared to be confined to your home, and possibly your bed.
Alleviate boredom during the healing process by preparing with movies, magazines, or other ways to remain busy while taking it easy. By having activities available, you will be less likely to strain yourself by doing something that exceeds your ability during this time.
Avoid scrutinizing your looks following Asian rhinoplasty.
After the surgery, you face will be swollen, and the final results may take months to take shape. Looking in mirrors constantly and prodding areas of your nose will only create issues in your healing process, both mentally and physically. Some fully healed results that patients can look forward to can be viewed here.
Lightweight ice packs can control swelling and maintain patient comfort while a patient is healing form Asian rhinoplasty. Some patients like to use frozen peas while others prefer traditional ice packs. Whichever method Dr. Nassif approves can be used on an on-off basis for 15-minute timeframes.
Dr. Nassif has dedicated a portion of his practice to the art of Asian rhinoplasty, where patients of can undergo changes of the nose specific to this ethnicity. Interested individuals can contact the doctor’s Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-2467 to schedule a consultation. If prospective patients prefer, they can reach the doctor via email through his Patient Email Form.