Part of the rhinoplasty process is dedicating time off from your normal activities to rest and recovery. We will of course provide you with written aftercare instructions, but below we look at some of the major activities you will need to avoid after the procedure:
- No strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks. It’s important to avoid spiking your heart rate and jostling or bumping your nose in the first few weeks following rhinoplasty. You should engage in walking at a gentle pace to encourage strong blood circulation.
- No swimming for 6 weeks. This is important because you must keep chlorine, water, and anything the water may contain away from your nose and the incisions. Swimming also tends to lead to bumping the nose, bumping your face into other swimmers, and pool toys smacking you in the face.
- No strenuous sexual activity for 3 weeks. Vigorous sexual activity leads to blood pressure elevation and you could also bump or hit your nose, all of which must be avoided until you are more healed.
- Don’t blow your nose for 2 weeks. As the delicate nasal structures are healing, nose blowing should be avoided. Let your nose drip or ever so gently dab below your nose. Blowing or wiping your nose can lead to bleeding, poor healing, and could ruin your results.
- Don’t get shower or bath water (or any water) on the nose for at least a week, while the bandages are on. The nose area, nasal packing, and splint must be kept dry.
- Don’t wear your glasses for 2-5 weeks, depending on how much work was done to the nose bridge. Some patients are able to make do by taping their glasses to their forehead. But whatever you do, it’s important to keep the glasses off your nose.
Ready to Have the Flattering Nose Shape You’ve Always Wanted?
Dr. Ronald Schuster is an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon in the Baltimore area. He will first listen completely to your goals, concerns, and questions, and then describe your options for achieving the aesthetic results you have in mind. To arrange a consultation at our practice, please call 410-902-9800.