During your recovery, it is likely that you will have swelling and bruisingfollowing your surgery. Each patient has a different reaction to a rhinoplasty procedure. Some have little bruising while others look like they’ve been in a street fight. Some patients have minimal swelling that is easy to tolerate while others have greater swelling that causes significant discomfort. Here are a few tips to help you deal with any swelling or bruising you may experience during your recovery.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
Recovery from any surgery will take some time, so it is important that you schedule your procedures carefully. If you have a high school reunion, family wedding, or any other major events coming up, plan to have your rhinoplasty at least six weeks in advance. Since every patient reacts to surgery differently, it’s best to schedule your surgery as early as possible, just to be safe.
You should also plan for your recovery at home. Swelling is exacerbated by overexertion, so make sure you have plenty of pillows to rest upon and that you have a setup which enables you to reach things you need without having to get up and down too much. Stock your freezer with a couple of gel ice packs to aid in the swelling. If you wear makeup, have some extra concealer and foundation on hand (more on that below) to camouflage any bruises.
Tip #2 Avoid Blood Thinners Before Surgery
Your doctor will have a set of pre-surgical instructions for you, which may include avoiding blood thinners. Medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin can cause you to bruise more easily because they reduce the clotting ability in your blood.
Tip #3 Develop a Cold Compress Routine
Ice packs or compresses help greatly with swelling and reducing tenderness around bruises. It’s important that you don’t overdo it with the ice, though; extreme cold may cause skin irritation, which will only add to your discomfort. Gel packs are gentler on your skin than ice, and should be used moderately. It’s recommended that you apply the gel pack for 15 minutes at a time with rest periods in between, especially in the first 48 hours after surgery.
Tip #4 Use Makeup to Cover the Bruises
Just because you have bruises after surgery doesn’t mean that you have to hunker down in your home until they disappear. Bruises can be concealed with camouflaging makeup. For light bruises, concealer and powder can do the trick, but neutralizing foundations may be necessary to fully hide deeper bruises. For example, a red-based foundation can be used to conceal a green-colored bruise while a yellow-based foundation can be used to conceal an orange-colored bruise. You can check with makeup application professionals to determine which makeup will work best with the coloring on your face.
You should also check with your doctor about the ingredients in your makeup to make sure that they won’t irritate your skin while it is still swollen.
Tip #5 Follow Your Post-Surgery Recovery Plan
Your doctor will also give you a set of medications and recommendations for recovery – follow the instructions. These instructions are your best bet to a maximum recovery in the shortest amount of time. Make sure you understand everything that you need to do and follow up with your doctor as needed.
The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist
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