Things to Watch for during Rhinoplasty Recovery PSCStaff November 23, 2013 Rhinoplasty Finding an expert facial plastic surgeon is the first step of your journey toward amazing post-surgical results. After you have found a qualified Orange County surgeon such as Dr. Mohsen Tavoussi, you must prepare yourself for the recovery process that will follow. The recovery after the rhinoplasty is critical to your overall results, and Huntington Beach patients should understand what activities they can enjoy and which ones they should avoid after their nose job is complete. Can I Exercise? You should spend the first few days of your recovery primarily resting with your head elevated. In order to improve your circulation after the operation, light exercise such as a short walk is permitted. Once your short-term recovery is complete, you can participate in light aerobic activities. However, it’s essential that you avoid contact sports or any activities where your nose could be jarred or injured. Do not go swimming, and you should avoid jogging for several months. Your nose is extremely fragile after the operation, and excessive exercise can be detrimental to your results. How Will My Daily Life Be Impacted? Some of your routines might be a little bit different after the rhinoplasty is complete. Your nose might feel congested, but it’s essential that you do not blow your nose. As unnatural as it sounds you should avoid making facial expressions, smiling or laughing. Choose soft foods that require minimal chewing, such as soups, yogurts and smoothies. You may still brush your teeth, but you should do so gently in order to cause the least amount of disturbance to your face. Avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses for at least a month after the operation, and wear clothing that zips or buttons up, so you do not have to pull clothes over your head. Why Is Sun Protection So Important After the Surgery is Complete? Your skin is especially vulnerable after this operation, so it’s essential that you wear sun protection at all times for several months after the operation. Sun damage can impair your surgical results, as well as damage your skin. The rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure, but that doesn’t mean its recovery is any less significant. This is still a major operation, and Irvine patients must understand that rest and care during the recovery process is critical to their result. It can take up to a year for patients to see their final results, but most patients will find that they are ready to reveal their nose to family and friends within several weeks. To find out more information about the rhinoplasty procedure and things you need to be cautious about during the recovery process, set up a free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Tavoussi today.