Year after year, rhinoplasty remains one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures among patients of all ages, giving people the opportunity to transform their appearance, bring harmony to their facial features, and – in some cases – help improve their breathing. Next to selecting a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, one of the most important aspects of a successful rhinoplasty procedure is proper aftercare. At Lee Ann M. Klausner M.D., PLLC, double board-certified female facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Ann Klausner helps patients in Manhattan, NY feel more confident than ever about their look with advanced rhinoplasty surgery. Here, we’ll discuss four critical things patients should avoid during rhinoplasty recovery – and why.

What is possible with a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job,” is a popular procedure used to make both cosmetic and functional enhancements to a patient’s nose. Using a variety of techniques, which will vary based on the patient’s specific concerns and goals, Dr. Klausner can reshape the outer contours of the nose and manipulate the inner nasal structures. Some of the most common complaints that can be improved or corrected with rhinoplasty surgery are:

  • Hump in nose
  • Bump in nose
  • Crooked nose
  • Asymmetric nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Nose is too wide or too narrow
  • Hooked nose
  • Bulbous nasal tip
  • Nose looks too masculine
  • Flat nose
  • Upturned nose

What to know about rhinoplasty recovery

Following rhinoplasty surgery, the delicate tissues and structures in the nose will need time to heal properly. During rhinoplasty recovery, it is essential that patients follow aftercare instructions closely to avoid damaging the tissues, delaying the healing process, or even compromising the final results of the procedure. Four key things to strictly avoid during rhinoplasty recovery include:

  1. Blowing your nose: A feeling of congestion is normal after rhinoplasty surgery, but blowing your nose increases pressure inside the nose and can disrupt the healing process, encourage additional swelling, and impact your final outcome. Instead of blowing your nose after rhinoplasty, use a gentle saline rinse as directed to relieve congestion
  2. Wearing glasses: Putting pressure on the outside of your nose can also be damaging to healing tissues and structures. Patients should take care not to touch or rub their noses and should avoid putting any weight or pressure on the nose. This includes wearing glasses or sunglasses and pulling clothing directly over the head/face.
  3. Physical activity: Strenuous exercise is another thing to steer clear of following rhinoplasty surgery, due to increased pressure in the nose, swelling, potential bleeding, and even the risk of impact/injury to the nose.
  4. Bending over/turning head upside-down: Inverting your head puts undue pressure on the nasal passages and tissues, and should be avoided after rhinoplasty. Additionally, patients should plan to sleep on their backs with their heads elevated during early rhinoplasty recovery.

During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty surgery on the Upper East Side, Dr. Klausner will discuss what you can expect during and after the procedure in greater detail to ensure you feel comfortable and confident going into surgery and that you’re able to enjoy the smooth recovery and stunning results you deserve.

Self-conscious about your nose? Consider rhinoplasty surgery in Manhattan, NY

Countless men and women spend years or even decades feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their noses or struggling with a deviated septum and other nasal issues. If you’re ready to look and feel your best, call Lee Ann M. Klausner M.D., PLLC to schedule your private rhinoplasty consultation with top Upper East Side double-board certified female facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Ann Klausner today.

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