The two common types of rhinoplasty 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 structural changes were made into the nasal bones, patients will experience more swelling around the eyes and in the cheek. This excerpt will go over several tips to reduce swelling after Rhinoplasty in Dubai.
Three types of supportive dressing are bandaged around the nose to prep the patient up 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 and 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 tape yourself.
- An additional taping might be necessary once a dorsal splint is placed to support the freshly operated nasal structure and allow healing anew while reducing inflammation.
- Closed rhinoplasty takes place within the nostril and for that an intranasal splint is placed within the airway to prevent the internal passages from becoming obstructed or heal asymmetrically causing breathing problems.
Before surgery you should plan your own “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. Moreover you will be needing pillows, ice compresses, extra dressing, a recliner if possible 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 boring process with lots of fears and confinement. Excessive emotion such as anger or stress brings more blood to the face and puts stress of the swollen tissue causing bleeding and pain.
Make sure you apply light cold compresses or even a bag of frozen peas to the eyes and cheeks will do the trick. Never directly apply these ice compresses on your nose or apply any sort of pressure against your nose. This could spell deformity in the finely placed delicate soft 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 chances of coughing and make sure no irritants or allergens enter your recovery room. Abstinence from smoking and alcohol is also detrimental for healing from any sort of surgery since these substances interfere with natural body healing and blood clotting abilities of the body.
If you plan to go outside make sure there is no sun exposure on the operated skin by applying your convenient type of sunscreen, preferably one that doesn’t smell too strong. Keep this habit for up to 4-6 months after surgery since in white skinned people the sun visibly affects the nose tip making red and making it expand.
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. Make sure you always sleep on your back and walk regularly to keep your blood flowing as that accelerates healing.
Routinely take your pain and preventive antibiotics medication to prevent excessive pain buildup which results in increased blood pressure and will cause a nose bleed and visible swelling in the tip. Preventive antibiotics will ensure your healing wounds are infection free.
If you are following all these tips and still experience swelling, then do not be tensed for these tips are simply going to make the recovery process as easier and shorter as it can get. It won’t make the discomfort go away. It is very normal to have swelling that gradually goes down between 10 to 30 days after surgery in the surrounding areas. 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 have gone completely away with only the tip being the last to go.