Recovery from surgery can be difficult and long. Depending on the procedure, patients may experience pain, fatigue, swelling, and discomfort for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. Every patient reacts differently to surgery and some are able to bounce back much quicker than others. However, there are ways for patients to shorten their recovery time by giving the healing process a boost.
Watch What You Eat
It’s important to be in the best health possible before your surgery, which includes eating well. Some foods are better for you to consume than others, especially those rich in protein. Protein and oxygen are important in promoting cell and tissue repair, plus they reduce the inflammatory response. Other nutrients like Vitamin C are also linked to tissue repair. In addition, research has found that Vitamins A and D are linked to shortening a patient’s recovery time.
Avoid Smoking Before and After Surgery
Regardless of how often you smoke, it’s a good idea to avoid anything with nicotine at least two weeks before and after surgery. Nicotine is a chemical that causes your blood vessels to shrink, which will reduce blood flow to the smaller blood vessels and capillaries. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues in your body, especially damaged tissue. If your blood vessels are constricted, the supply of oxygen runs low and the nutrients can’t reach the injured area. Not only will this delay your recovery, it could also cause cell and tissue death.
Develop a Skin Care Regimen
Even though Asian rhinoplasty deals mainly with the bone and cartilage inside your nose, it’s important to keep your skin healthy, too. Healthy skin is easier to work with during surgery and will heal faster afterward. Start working on developing a regular skin care routine for yourself that includes moisturizer, sunscreen, and daily washings. All these will keep your skin flexible, clear, and protected prior to surgery.
It’s also a good idea to check the ingredients in the products you use, including your makeup. Run through the list with your doctor during your consultation. They’ll be able to tell you if any of the ingredients are potentially harmful or could cause complications during surgery.
Consider Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The cells in your body use oxygen to repair themselves when they’re damaged. The more oxygen they have, the faster they can heal. Because of this, some doctors offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Patients are given an oxygen mask or placed in a special chamber where they are given 100 percent oxygen to breathe. This increases the oxygen levels in the blood, delivering more oxygen to the body tissues and cells. Dr. Nassif offers this to his rhinoplasty patients as a way to boost the healing after surgery.
Listen to Your Doctor
Before you leave his office, Dr. Nassif will give you a set of post-surgery instructions. These will include when to use ice packs, how to keep your head elevated while you sleep, the best foods to eat, and many other dos and don’ts to help you get through your recovery. Following these guidelines is the best thing you can do to keep your recovery on track. Dr. Nassif has more than 20 years of experience with patients and what works well during recovery. His goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during this process.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Paul Nassif is considered a rhinoplasty expert around the world and specializes in Asian rhinoplasty. His artistry and skill in giving patients the best possible results while maintaining a high level of patient comfort and satisfaction make him the best doctor for your Asian rhinoplasty surgery. If you are interested in a patient consultation, call us at (310) 275-2467 to make an appointment at Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills practice.