There is no doubt that one of the scariest parts of plastic surgery is the recovery, especially the second time around. When a surgery, such as a rhinoplasty, goes wrong the first time, patients want nothing more than to wake up from their revision rhinoplasty with the nose they’ve been dreaming of. The first step in making sure this dream becomes a reality is choosing the right doctor to perform your revision rhinoplasty. But it is also very important to prepare yourself once more for the recovery process. It is important to be aware of how the recovery process is going be and prepare to do everything to make it as smooth as possible. The following are a few things you should expect in the recovery process:
First a foremost, be prepared to have swelling, pressure, and discomfort. Most patients report that the majority of discomfort after surgery is the “stuffed up” feeling. The pressure and swelling may be relieved by icing the area. But before icing, make sure you consult with your doctor to make sure this is okay.
Your sleeping position is very important in the recovery process. You should be sleeping in a 30 degree angle with the support of a few fluffy pillows. This position will help keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. This will also help to avoid postoperative hematoma or bleeding.
Just as with any other surgery, the area will bruise. As the nose begin the heals, bruises may become darker and increase in size. With time, the bruises will disappear.
Physical activity should be kept to a minimum the first few weeks. As mentioned, there will be bruising, swelling, and discomfort, so chances are you won’t be up to doing much activity anyways. It is best to give your body time to recover fully. Your doctor will let you know when it okay to return to normal activities.
When recovering from a revision rhinoplasty, most patients have an idea of what to expect, but most don’t realize that the revision surgery is a bit more work than the first time. This means the doctors are adjusting the nose a little more during surgery. More pain should be expected the second time around, although it is not always the case.
Knowing what to expect after your surgery will help the process. As long as you stay positive and do as you are told, this should be a smooth process.
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