When it comes to rhinoplasty, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered, both pre-operatively and post-operatively. Once you have done the hard work of selecting your surgeon and been through the process of consulting with them and settling on the goals for the procedure, you will need to consider all aspects of your recovery process as well. One aspect of the process that some people do not think about is how glasses can affect recovery and the nose’s healing process, all of which have a huge impact on the final results of the procedure.
So what do you need to know if you wear glasses and have plans to undergo rhinoplasty?
How Glasses Affect Healing
The nose is very tender following rhinoplasty, and even the slightest pressure can have a huge impact on the healing process. Glasses rest on the bridge of the nose, and can therefore cause problems such as indentations in the nose. After the process you will go through for a beautiful rhinoplasty, the last thing you want is to sabotage your chances of a good result by something as simple as wearing glasses.
Can You Wear Them During Recovery?
The short answer is: no. The long answer: it depends. It all depends on the type of glasses you wear. The key is avoiding pressure on the bridge of the nose, so clever patients often rig up ways to have their glasses rest on the cheeks rather than on the nose. It also depended on the nature of the rhinoplasty– some patients have to wait longer than others to get back to wearing glasses. On average, however, patients must wait at least 4-6 weeks to start wearing glasses normally.
Aside from rigging up a clever system for glasses so that they rest on the cheeks instead of the nose, the best solution for patients is typically to simply wear contacts for a few weeks, eliminating the worry and hassle of glasses. If you are not able to wear contacts, you may need to discuss your options further with your surgeon prior to the operation.
Giving your nose a chance to heal is essential, and a few weeks of hassle is generally worth the payoff of great results. Do not discount the importance of following care instructions post-surgery, as they are there for a reason and could mean the difference between good results and complications. The work is far from over once you leave surgery, but the final results of a successful rhinoplasty typically make it all worth the effort.
In order to set yourself up for a successful rhinoplasty result, you will need to follow all your surgeon’s directions as closely as possible. You will certainly have many questions about what you should be doing to heal quickly, and you should make sure your surgeon is equipped to help you. If you are still looking for a knowledgeable surgeon to perform your procedure, consider coming to the Washington D.C., Maryland, & Virginia tri-state area to meet with acclaimed rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Shervin Naderi. Dr. Naderi is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with a passion for helping patients attain beautiful, natural-looking results. For more information, and to schedule a consultation, call (301) 222-2020 today.