The two common rhinoplasty types are “closed” and “open” rhinoplasty, having the same swelling and consequences as a common factor. The act of dissecting body tissue and even abrading bone structure causes local inflammation. In cases where structural changes are made into the nasal bones, patients will experience more swelling around the eyes and cheeks.
Therefore, today we will discuss some essential tips to reduce swelling after rhinoplasty.
Types of Dressing
Three types of supportive dressings are bandaged around the nose to prepare the patient for recovery and a new nose.
- Nasal tapes are initially applied over the stitched skin surface once the surgical procedure has concluded. The nasal tapes will run perpendicular to the nasal bridge, lapping the tip as well. A week after surgery, these tapes are replaced while removing stitches. The surgeon will also give you tips on how to apply the tape yourself.
- An additional taping might be necessary once a dorsal splint is placed to support the freshly operated nasal structure, allowing healing and reducing inflammation.
- Closed rhinoplasty takes place within the nostril. An intra-nasal splint is placed within the airway to prevent the internal passages from becoming obstructed or heal asymmetrically, causing breathing problems.
Tips to Avoid Swelling
Before surgery, you should plan your recovery room, where you can comfortably allow yourself time and tools needed for recovery.
Your room should be stocked with clean towels, spare clothes, and prescriptions given to you by the doctor. You will also need pillows, ice compresses, extra dressing, a recliner, and some sunscreen, too.
Make sure your head is elevated for the first few days of surgery, even when sleeping. A recliner to sleep in for the first week would be preferable. Lay back against a bolster pillow or several cushions/pillows to ensure the inflammation goes away as fast as it possibly can.
Minimize stress and calmly take control over your emotions since recovery is usually a monotonous process with lots of fears and confinement. Excessive emotions such as anger or anxiety bring more blood to the face and stress the swollen tissues, causing bleeding and pain.
Ensure you apply light cold compresses or even a bag of frozen peas to the eyes and cheeks will do the trick. Never directly apply the ice compresses on your nose and avoid putting any pressure on your nose. It could cause a deformity in the finely placed delicate tissue that makes up most of the lower nose.
Natural body reactions such as sneezing, coughing, and nose-blowing may cause the nose to swell and stitches to pop out. Make use of a humidifier to lessen your coughing chances and make sure no irritants or allergens enter your recovery room. Abstinence from smoking and alcohol is also essential for healing since these substances interfere with the body’s natural healing and blood clotting abilities.
If you plan to go outside, make sure your operated skin is not exposed to the sun. Apply a good quality sunscreen to the treated area, preferably one that doesn’t smell too strong. Keep this habit for almost 4-6 months after surgery since, in white-skinned people, the sun visibly affects the nose tip, making it red and expanded.
Avoid any strenuous or excessive physical activity within the first week. Do not lift anything larger than 10 pounds, and avoid bending down as much as you can. Ensure you always sleep on your back and regularly walk to keep your blood flowing as that accelerates healing.
Routinely take your painkillers and prescribed medication to prevent excessive pain buildup, which results in increased blood pressure and will cause a nose to bleed and swell from the tip. Preventive antibiotics will ensure that your healing wounds are infection-free.
If you are following all these tips and still experience swelling, then do not worry because these tips will make the recovery process as easier and shorter as it can get. It is very typical to have swelling that gradually goes away between 10 to 30 days after surgery. The nose itself will heal completely in a year, with the bones healing faster and the softer tissue taking more time. By the end of a year, the swelling would ultimately fade away, with only the tip being the last to go. If you want to know more about the rhinoplasty procedure, then book a free consultation at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery® by filling in the form given below.