Recovery from an Asian rhinoplasty surgery is just as important as the surgery itself. You and your surgeon will have to pay special attention to your nose as it heals, especially in the first several weeks after the procedure. You will likely have a splint, a hard cast, or at least some bandages on the outside of your nose and maybe some packing on the inside of your nose that will be removed in a couple weeks. You’ll also have some swelling and bruising for the first month or so. Even after the swelling has subsided, it can take up to a year before your nose has completely recovered from the surgery.
Of course, you’ll want to be especially cautious around your nose and avoid any sort of trauma. But how much trauma is too much trauma? Are you really expected to avoid bumping your nose for an entire year?
Fortunately, doctors agree that minor bumps and bruises will not cause any permanent damage to your new nose. Accidentally running into something or getting smacked in the nose by a toddler is not likely to injure your nose so severely as to require additional surgery. Of course, the recovery process is different for every patient depending on their medical history, the type and amount of rhinoplasty procedures performed, and the care taken during recovery.
So when should you be worried about an injury? If you experience discomfort, some minor swelling, but no bleeding, then you are probably in the clear. However, should an injury result in bleeding, visible changes in nasal shape, or a fracture, it’s more likely that you will require surgery to fix the problem.
You can consult your doctor during follow-up evaluations or schedule a consultation to find out if additional surgery is necessary. However, if you do have a serious injury and additional surgery is required, you will have to wait at least six months to a year before undergoing another procedure.
One option that your surgeon may discuss with you is revision rhinoplasty. Revision Asian rhinoplasty is a procedure designed for Asian patients to repair damage done to or by previous rhinoplasty surgeries. The procedure itself takes longer than a normal rhinoplasty surgery, and consequently, requires a longer period of recovery.
Choosing a Doctor
As such, it’s very important to try and avoid any injury that might make additional surgery on your nose necessary. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to brace yourself or cover your face to prevent any contact with your nose in any way. Minor bumps and bruises, though uncomfortable, shouldn’t cause any lasting or noticeable damage. To be sure, you can always schedule an appointment for an evaluation or consultation with renowned Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Dr. Nassif. He is happy to meet to discuss any concerns and answer any questions you may have. Call his practice at 310-275-2467 today!