And what to do during the first days? What care should we maintain? First of all, try to sleep with your head up, sleep semi-incorporated for the first few days, and not eat foods that are very hot or require us to chew a lot. You should not drink alcoholic beverages during the first two weeks, and you should avoid smoking or being a passive smoker.
You should also avoid activities that require contact or physical effort and, very important for the postoperative period of rhinoplasty: do not blow your nose! And if you have to sneeze, do it with your mouth open. In addition, it is advisable, as far as possible, to speak as little as possible and not to gesture with the face, try not to laugh or cry, gestures that can cause problems in healing. These recommendations must be kept for the first ten days.
In the first days, bruises may appear on the face, which will increase during the first two to three days. You may also have minor bleeding, headaches, and notice a blocked nose. These side effects are not worrisome and will disappear with the passing of days.
The plugs that used to be placed in the nostrils after the operation are used less and less due to the minimally invasive techniques we perform. If necessary, they would withdraw within the first 24 hours. The splint itself should remain about 6-7 days.
As for daily grooming, you can shower as you normally do, although trying not to wet the area around the nose. He thinks that the operated area should remain as dry as possible. Better if when you wash your face, you do it with cold water and without wetting the intervened area.
If you use glasses or contact lenses, your doctor will tell you when you can use them again. Normally the lenses can be reused three days after the operation and the glasses after approximately three weeks.
Thirty days after the operation, the final results will begin to be seen, and the patient will be able to lead a normal life, although he must maintain certain care. It is important that during the first two to three months, you do not sunbathe, avoid cold and wind in the operated area, and do not make sudden movements that could affect the operated area. It is recommended that you do not smoke or drink during the first months in order not to slow down the scarring of the tissues.