Your nose surgery recovery doesn’t just start once the procedure is finished. It is something that you start planning for much earlier. During your nose surgery preparation, you and your plastic surgeon in Mexico will have made a number of decisions about the procedure that may affect your recovery period. He will have explained that recovering from general anesthetic takes longer than local anesthetic, that there is a difference between open and closed nose surgery and that there are a number of nose surgery risks and side effects you should know about. While you are recovering from your nose surgery in Mexico, your plastic surgeon will give you detailed post-operative instructions that you need to follow.
Here are some things that you need to be aware of during this period:
Some bleeding is common in the immediate aftermath of surgery. You will be given bandages to help with this.
You will have bruising and swelling on your nose and around your face. These can be alleviated by using a cold compress and getting plenty of rest in the first few days of your nose surgery recovery. In most cases, bruising and swelling subside within the first couple of weeks but in rare cases they persist for much longer.
You may experience some pain and discomfort. If you are, let your plastic surgeon know so that he can prescribe some pain medication to alleviate this.
You will have to stay in bed with your head elevated for the first 24-48 hours after rhinoplasty. During your nose surgery recovery, it is important to occasionally move your limbs in order to prevent blood clots.
You will not be able to blow your nose for one week after your nose job. Unfortunately, the temptation to do so will be high because your nose will feel stuffy. Over the counter decongestants can help reduce this stuffiness.
Most people return to work within a week after their nose surgery. Returning to your daily routine depends mostly on the type of work you do and how you feel about your swelling and bruising. You will have to refrain from physical activity for at least two weeks after rhinoplasty so that your blood pressure does not increase during this delicate time.
If you wear glasses, be prepared to have to switch to contacts for a few weeks. Glasses will be difficult to wear because of the swelling and the fact that bruising can build up around the eyes.
It is generally recommended that patients abstain from air travel for a few weeks after rhinoplasty. Be sure to discuss this with your plastic surgeon in Mexico and plan accordingly.
Because the nose takes a longer time to heal than any other of your facial features, you will be able to see the full results of your nose surgery in 12 months. Nose surgery revision for aesthetic rather than medical reasons will not be carried out during this time because your nose is still adjusting to its new size and shape.
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