Planning your Charlotte, NC rhinoplasty recovery
If you’re going through a rhinoplasty, the easiest part for you to go through will be the surgery itself, because you’ll be unconscious for the whole procedure. Managing the recovery is going to be the hardest part. It can’t be rushed, will require physical and mental discipline on your part, and a single careless move can render the whole expensive operation a waste of time and money. You’re going to have to spend days and weeks away from other people. If you like being outside in the Charlotte, NC summer weather and meeting people in person, this is going to be hard.
You need to plan ahead well before the surgery. If you wear glasses, you should learn to wear contacts. You should stop smoking, drinking and taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E or certain herbal supplements two weeks before the surgery. Make sure someone will drive you home afterward, even if it’s just a cab.
The first two to three days afterward will be the worse. Take your antibiotics and follow the advice of your surgeon on cold packs. If you aren’t up to eating a full meal, eat a lot of healthy, low salt snacks and drink a lot of fluids.
The next few weeks
Don’t wear any shirt or sweater that presses against your nose when you put it on or take it off. Take your temperature often. Don’t do any heavy exercise, try to avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk and don’t bend over if you can avoid it. The object of all this is to keep the blood pressure in your head low. When you sleep, use a neck pillow to keep your head elevated. Stay away from alcohol and nicotine. Keep in touch with your surgeon and keep follow-up appointments.
Above all, don’t blow your nose. This means staying away from allergens, dust and people who might be carrying respiratory ailments. It also means your hands regularly and trying not to touch your face.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte, NC. He’s been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has concentrated on his specialty — facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and are seeking revision rhinoplasty to improve them. An online consultation will get you a discount on his consultation fee. If you are looking for a nose job, schedule an appointment today or ask for an online consultation to get a discount on the fee.