Rhinoplasty surgery recovery has gotten a lot more comfortable over the years, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. In addition to the discomfort patients will experience, there are many aftercare instructions that will be provided for the patient by the plastic surgeon. While there are many situations in life that do not require that the rules be followed exactly, post-operative care is not one of them. But patient comfort is not the only reason aftercare instructions should be followed as closely as possible. If you are considering rhinoplasty, here’s why following your surgeon’s instructions is important:
Your Results Depend on Good Aftercare
Your surgeon’s skill will be the main factor in how your results turn out, of course. But what you do following surgery could actually affect those results—positively, or negatively. If you don’t take care of your nose properly during the recovery phase, you could disrupt the healing process and jeopardize the results you want so badly. On the other hand, if you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions and care for your healing nose diligently, you could enhance the look your surgeon was going for.
You’ll Have Less Swelling
Swelling is inevitable after rhinoplasty, but you’ll want to minimize it as much as possible, since swelling is uncomfortable initially, then sticks around for a while, obscuring your final results for several months. Simple instructions, like elevating your head and using natural remedies, can make the whole process easier and cut down on overall swelling.
Recovery Will Be Faster
If you follow all your surgeon’s instructions carefully, you should find that you heal from the procedure more quickly than if you ignored some of that advice. All rhinoplasty patients want to get back to normal activities as quickly as possible, so following recovery instructions can help you get back to your life as soon as possible.
You’ll Reduce the Risk for Complications
Complications are relatively rare with rhinoplasty surgery—especially if you work hard to make your recovery a success. By taking it easy, knowing what to look for, and practicing good aftercare, you’re much more likely to avoid problems like bleeding, infection, scarring, or poor results from the surgery. If you’re working hard to take care of yourself, you’ll also be likely to notice signs of trouble more quickly.
Yes, You Will Feel Better
Rhinoplasty recovery is often much less painful than most people anticipate, but it is not completely free of discomfort. Following the doctor’s orders can help minimize any pain you might experience, and help you sleep—important for facilitating proper healing.
Remember: It’s Only Temporary
If you’re upset about the inconvenience involved with proper rhinoplasty recovery, just remember: it’s only temporary. Those few weeks of frustration and irritation at the steps needed to heal properly, the discomfort of recovery, or a combination, can make the process seem never-ending. But rest assured that most patients find the beautiful, permanent results of rhinoplasty and proper recovery to be worth the entire surgical and recovery process.
Get Advice from a Knowledgeable Rhinoplasty Specialist
If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery, then you’ll want to get your advice from a knowledgeable specialist. Don’t settle when it comes to choosing your surgeon–choose a provider who is board certified, experienced, and dedicated to giving you custom, natural-looking results. Dr. Shervin Naderi is an expert rhinoplasty surgeon, dedicating all of his time and energy toward the art of nasal surgery. If you would like to discuss your rhinoplasty options with Dr. Naderi, call the Naderi Center in Herndon, VA (703-481-0002) or Chevy Chase (301-222-2020), MD today to schedule your consultation.