After A Nose Job
After a nose job surgery it is important to follow your nose job surgery doctor's instructions as well as all guidelines provided by the medical staff. Following these instructions after a nose job surgery can help you assure a smooth and easy recovery.
Nose Job Recovery
In terms of nose job results, what happens after the nose job surgery is almost as important as what happens during it.
In order to achieve the highest level of satisfaction from your nose job surgery, it is vital you follow your nose job surgeon's instructions regarding post-operative care, return for any follow-up treatments or checkups, and take all prescribed medications exactly as directed. This may seem like a bit of a chore, but in the end it will greatly increase your satisfaction with the aesthetic effects of your surgery, as well as giving you the shortest and most comfortable recovery period.
Below is a brief description of what to expect immediately following the nose job procedure in the days and weeks to come, and some helpful tips many surgeons recommend their patients follow.
Immediately After Your Nose Job
Once the nose job procedure is complete, you will be taken to a recovery room until the anesthetic wears off. When you wake up, you will feel groggy and probably dizzy as well. Expect some trouble coordinating your movements at first, and don't try to walk without assistance until you are sure you are steady on your feet. At least one member of the medical team should be at hand to answer any questions, and to give you more specific instructions about eating, drinking, and movement. Again, it is important you follow these instructions to the best of your ability, even if you are tired or think you feel fine.
When you have recovered enough to be completely coherent, the staff will give you instructions regarding medications, cleaning and caring or the affected area, and rest, eating, and bathing. You will also probably be asked to set a follow-up appointment.
Going Home After Nose Job Surgery
In general patients are not required to stay at the hospital overnight, unless there are special considerations. If you had your nose job surgery performed under general anesthesia, you probably will be asked to stay for a short observation period-usually not more than 2 hours. This time just gives your surgical team a chance to make sure you are waking up properly and have not suffered any unexpected side effects from the procedure. If you do experience unusual symptoms or are feeling sick, you should let someone on the staff know before you leave. Depending on the severity of your trouble, they may ask you to stay a little longer or change your prescriptions.
During this post-operative period, you will also be fitted with a bandage or compression garment over the site. This helps to contain fluids, minimize swelling and pain, and shorten the recovery period. Your nose job surgeon will give specific instructions about when and how to remove, change, and/or clean these dressings, but you should expect to have to wear them for at least a few days after the surgery. Depending on your age and previous health history, your nose job surgeon may also require you wear compression stockings during or after your nose job surgery. These keep the circulation in your legs healthy and minimize the risk of blood clots or other complications as you heal.
Because of the after effects of the anesthesia as well as pain medications you may have been given, it is important that you have a friend or family member pick you up rather than trying to drive home yourself.
What To Expect During The Nose Job Recovery Period
Once you are home, you should plan on taking at least a few days to recuperate after nose job surgery. Getting enough rest will help you shake off any lingering effects of the anesthesia, avoid an infection or secondary complication, and get feeling better faster.
Your nose job surgeon will likely recommend you avoid exercise or other physical exertions for at least 24 hours. He will probably also advise avoiding exposure to direct sunlight or extreme heat, including hot water for bathing.
Because of the inevitable swelling and bandages, many people feel self-conscious about their appearance for a while after their nose job surgery, and prefer to stay at home. If you choose to do so, it is advisable to have a close friend or family member either with you in the home or at least available by phone in case you need anything, and to check up on you from time to time.
After three or four days after your nose job, you will probably be ready to return to work or your usual activities as long as they are not extremely strenuous. Some exercise at this point will actually be beneficial, as it increases blood flow to the injured area and promotes general good health. If your nose job surgeon gives you approval, you will probably be able to resume all normal activities within three or four weeks after your nose job surgery.
At some point after nose job surgery, you will also have at least one follow-up visit with your surgeon. It is important you keep this appointment, so the two of you can visit about your experiences and any lingering symptoms, and so he can check the site to make sure it is healing properly. Depending on your nose job surgeon, the exact type of nose job you had done, and your general level of health, you may have more than one follow-up appointment.
At this appointment your surgeon can also evaluate the effect of the nose job in your particular case. Sometimes he may recommend additional treatments or therapies if he thinks more improvement can be made. These are nearly always voluntary and some of them will cost more, but they may also improve the function and appearance of your nose more than just the nose job alone.
A Note About Traveling After Nose Job Surgery
Because traveling is usually stressful on the body as well as the mind, you should not plan any trips for a month or so after nose job surgery.
Airplane travel in particular is dangerous, as it could increase the risk of developing blood clots, but any travel will increase the amount of discomfort you feel, as well as making it more difficult to consult with your surgeon if anything unexpected should arise.
Also bear in mind that it will probably take a few months for the swelling and scarring to completely fade, and that you may be asked to avoid direct sunlight for some time as well. In other words, if part of the reason you are getting nose job is to enhance your appearance for a special event such as a wedding, anniversary, reunion, or cruise, you'll want to be sure you schedule the surgery well in advance so you can look and feel your best, and enjoy your trip to its fullest.
Additional Therapies After A Nose Job Surgery
In many cases your surgeon may recommend additional treatments or therapies after a nose job surgery. The goal of these additional treatments can include: help you recover faster, complement your surgery, and diminish scarring, swelling or pain.
Ask your surgeon if he or she recommends any additional treatments or therapies after a nose job surgery for your particular case.
What To Do In Case Of Emergencies
Nose job surgery is generally a very safe cosmetic procedure; however, as with all surgeries, there is some element of risk.
If you experience a high fever or persistent nausea after your nose job procedure, or if there is excessive and long-lasting swelling, you should speak to your nose job doctor about it, as these may be symptoms of infection or other problems. If your doctor is unavailable or if your symptoms are rapidly getting worse, go to the emergency room or call 911. Be sure to let the medical staff there know you have recently had nose job surgery and give them the name of your doctor so they can correctly diagnose you.
Tips For A Trouble-Free Recovery After A Nose Job
- You will need someone to drive you from the medical facility to your home. Even if you have only had local anesthesia during the nose job surgery, the pain medications you receive after will make you unsafe to drive
- If at all possible you should have someone you trust stay with you in your home for the first 24 hours after your nose job surgery. If you have small children or an elderly relative in you care, you should have someone come help you for at least three days.
- Make sure you have your nose job surgeon's contact information-both office and emergency-on hand in case you need to ask a question or clarify any instructions.
- Have a timer and written schedule of when you have to take your medications.
- Before your nose job surgery, make a special trip to the store to make sure you have clean towels, ice packets, comfortable clothes, bandages, easy-prep foods and anything else you made need for the post-operative period.
- Ask your surgeon if you will need a special diet after nose job surgery and if there are any foods that are recommended during the first days after surgery, or any foods that you ought to avoid.
- li>Check with your nose job surgeon to see if your medications will keep you from driving during the recovery period, and if so make arrangements in advance for your transportation needs.
- Plan ahead for your nose job recovery by making sure you have some quiet recreational activities prepared: check out some good books from your local library, get a puzzle or some movies to watch, or anything else non-strenuous that you enjoy. Having activities prepared not only helps you enjoy your downtime more, it also distracts you from any pain or discomfort you may initially feel.
- Avoid any extreme heat or cold after nose job surgery.
- Avoid any type of strenuous physical activity and exercising until advised by your surgeon to do so.
Questions to ask about your return home after a nose job surgery:
- Am I required to have someone drive me home after a nose job surgery?
- What kind of care will I need at home?
- Should I have someone help me after my nose job surgery? And if so, for how long?
- Are there any activity limitations after my nose job surgery and for how long?
- What kind of diet should I keep after my nose job surgery?
- What symptoms should I watch out for and report after my nose job surgery?
- When should I contact my gastric bypass surgeon?
- What medications do I need to take after my nose job surgery?
- Is there anything that I should refrain from after my nose job surgery (for example, heat or sun)?
- Do I need bed rest after my nose job surgery and for how long?
- How long before I can go back to work after my nose job surgery?
- Do I need to wear bandages or special garments? And if so, for how long after my nose job surgery?
- How soon can I resume my normal activities after my nose job surgery?
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