After spending time and money to undergo surgery for the best-looking nose, the last thing you want is to ruin the results. Here are some of the top tips to follow to help you recover from surgery while maintaining the best results.
Keep Swelling Down
Keeping the swelling down helps with recovery but also helps reduce pain. Use either a cooling pad or a flexible ice pack placed gently on the nose area to keep puffiness to a minimum and reduce any pressure build-up. The ice pack restricts blood flow to the nose to prevent unnecessary swelling and speeds up healing time.
No matter how tempting it might be to take some ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory, don’t ever take them unless told to by your surgeon. These types of medications will increase your body’s blood flow, increasing the risk of bleeding at the surgery site. The increased blood flow also increases the amount of swelling you experience and can slow down healing time.
Your doctor will prescribe or recommend the correct medication for you to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. Only take the pills as described and check with your surgeon before taking any other medications.
Avoid Showers; Take a Bath Instead
After your beautiful nose surgery (known as เสริมจมูกสวย in Thai), your nose will be covered in supports, splints, and bandages. Everything needs to stay dry at all times. Showering increases the chance of these things getting wet, so try taking a bath instead.
Do not splash water on your face. Instead, use a damp washcloth to gently wash around the bandages, splints, and supports. Most bandages only remain in place for the first week, so these changes won’t be required for very long.
Don’t Eat Spicy Foods
For the first couple of weeks after your surgery, you want to avoid eating any spicy or peppery-type foods so as not to irate your sinuses. These kinds of foods will increase bruising and swelling because they dilate blood vessels. They also cause your nose to run, which makes you want to blow it. Blowing your nose increases the risk of rupturing the sutures inside.
Head Outside for Walks
Resting is a vital part of your recovery process, but so is walking. Getting outside for a daily walk helps improve your body’s circulation, which aids in healing. Walking also helps prevent swelling and fluid buildup while increasing your heart rate, which gets the oxygen moving throughout your body.