Don’t catch the flu during nose job recovery
Short of an accident, the worst thing that can happen to you during nose job recovery is a cold or the flu. The nose is very fragile at this stage, and sneezing involves a lot of force. Here are some tips for flu avoidance in general:
• Before you do anything else — anything at all — get a flu shot. This is a good idea anyway.
- You’ll be spending a lot of time in your Charlotte, NC home after the nose job, possibly alone. If anyone is planning to visit, ask them if they have the flu or have been in contact with anyone who has. If they have, encourage them to put off their visit for a few weeks.
- Encourage anyone who’s living with you to stay at least three feet away from anyone who’s coughing or sneezing.
- Try not to touch your face. This is hard for most people, so practice keeping track of how often you touch your face before the operation.
- If anyone in your house gets sick, don’t sleep in the same room with them.
- Keep your surroundings warm. This will strengthen your immune system and weaken the outer coating of the virus.
- Wash all surfaces you share with others. Remember that antibacterial soap will protect you against bacteria, but is useless against the flu virus.
- Get lots of sleep.
- Take your temperature often.
Other ways to care for yourself after a nose job
Two weeks before the nose job, stop smoking, drinking and taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and certain herbal supplements. Get someone to drive you home after the surgery, or call a taxi.
For the first two to three days, take your antibiotics, eat what you can and drink plenty of fluids. For the next few weeks, avoid any kind of clothing that presses against your nose as you put it on or take it off. Keep away from nicotine or alcohol, don’t do any heavy exercise, don’t lift anything heavy and try not to bend over. When you sleep, keep your head elevated to reduce swelling. Keep your follow-up appointments with your nose job surgeon.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte and Concord, NC. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has devoted himself to facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs, since 1988. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you live in or near Charlotte, NC and want a nose job, improve your chances of success by making an appointment or scheduling an online consultation with the best rhinoplasty surgeon in the area today.