Asian rhinoplasty is a face changing, life altering surgery. Not only can it boost a patient’s self-confidence, but there are also functional changes Dr. Nassif can create within the structure. Though Asian rhinoplasty may sometimes be medically necessary (typically termed functional rhinoplasty or septoplasty), even when changes are made cosmetically, the nose requires a lengthy healing process.
If possible, patients should set up their recovery area prior to their Asian rhinoplasty surgery date. Many of the necessities patients need during the downtime portion of their healing are the same as for one who has a cold. Tissues, fluids, and reading material can all aid patients during the first week or two postoperatively.
Tissues or Q-tips
The tissues are not to be used to blow the nose. This action is often discouraged after a major nose surgery. Rather, the tissues can be used to dab away any drainage and to lightly relieve itching of the skin that can result from nerve damage. Some patients prefer Q-tips over tissues for these purposes.
Fluids should contain electrolytes as blood is lost during surgery, and the nose may continue to drain. The body is composed of 50-65% water and must remain at this level of hydration to function properly, especially when taxed with the duty of healing itself. Be sure to also have straws available to use so the nose is not bumped while drinking. If patients have a mini fridge available, it can be moved to the recovery room, otherwise the drinks can be set in a cooler with ice if it is difficult to walk to and from the kitchen. The cooler can also hold ice packs or cold compresses used to reduce nasal and facial swelling.
TV and Reading Stands
While recovering, patients should keep occupied so they do not attempt to perform any tasks that would be taxing to the body or create additional swelling. While reading or watching TV, if the material being viewed is below eye level at an upright position, the patient may bend the head forward. Gravity can naturally decrease the swelling as fluids will drain down the esophagus or out the nostrils, but this process is hindered when the head is bent forward. It is suggested that a television be placed high enough to prevent this from occurring, and reading material can be read from a stand or in front of a person’s face when they are in the preferred, upright position.
Hand Sanitizer, Wet Wipes, Lip Balm and Other Hygiene Products
Before Asian rhinoplasty, patients can prep their recovery area with a number of hygiene products. The doctor may suggest the patient wait a few days to shower, and refreshing the body with wet wipes can quell the urge to shower sooner. Hand sanitizer can be applied to ensure the hands remain clean as there may be surgical incisions to the exterior of the nose that must remain clean. Lip balm keeps the lips hydrated as patients will most likely be breathing through their mouths for at least a week following nose surgery.
Dr. Paul Nassif of Beverly Hills, California, is an expert in facial plastic surgery. The doctor also practices the sub-specialty surgery of Asian rhinoplasty on patients from around the world. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nassif by phone at (310) 275-2467 or through email.