When you first consider rhinoplasty and start looking at rhinoplasty before and after pictures there are probably a number of concerns that cross your mind. Some of them are valid, some are far fetched, but when it comes right down to it, you need to make sure that they are actually addressed before you commit. Let’s talk about some of the most common concerns.
The Complete Rhinoplasty Before and After Picture – What is the Recovery Time?
So what is the recovery time on a rhinoplasty surgery? You might concerned that you’ll be in recovery for months, but the reality is that you’re only going to be in recovery for about ten to fourteen days. There is definitely going to be some discomfort during your recovery that you will have to deal with, and it won’t be the most pleasant thing in the world. Let’s go over a few things that you’re going to find yourself facing as you go through the recovery process.
- Bleeding – As your nose sets after the surgery you’re definitely going to experience some bleeding which is perfectly normal. Surgical packing will mitigate this, but there will be some other side effects as a result.
- Congestion – This is going to be a direct result of the surgical packing that is used to ensure your nose does not ‘bleed out’, or at least cause you more discomfort than necessary. Keep in mind that with this, you are going to have great difficulty breathing through your nose.
- Dry Mouth – It’s a common warning given to those who are about to undergo a nose job, but so many people don’t listen! Remember, the surgical packing is going to cause congestion and as a result you will not be able to breathe through your nose. That being the case, you’re going to experience a dry mouth, dry throat, and you’ll probably be pretty miserable.
How You Should Behave Following Surgery
Okay, first thing’s first. Before you undergo the surgery you’re going to need to make sure you arrange for a ride home – this is perhaps one of the most important things that we can tell you! After you ‘come up’ from the effects of the anesthesia you’re going to be highly disoriented and in no condition to drive. Make sure you have a ride, and make sure you have a ride for the next 24 to 48 hours. With that out of the way, how should you behave at home?
Taking Care of Yourself at Home
We mentioned that you’re going to have a serious problem with congestion and ergo dry mouth, and with that being the case, in your home it would be within your best interest to set up humidifiers throughout so that you will get the moisture you need as you breathe. This is especially important in your bedroom, particularly around your bed. In doing this you will ensure that you don’t wake up with an incredibly dry throat and mouth every single morning for the remainder of the fourteen days.
Changing your Eating Habits
Something that your doctor may or may not tell you is that you’re going to need to stock up on soft foods. You might get distracted looking at all of the amazing rhinoplasty before and after shots, and you may not even consider what’s going to happen once you get home.
Chances are you won’t want to eat too much, especially if your nose needs time to set. You won’t want to make too many facial movements at all. For this reason it is strongly recommended that you stock up on soft fruits, soups, and juices. You might even want to stick to eating smoothies for the two weeks you’ll be laid up.
Getting Back into the World
At the end of the recovery time your nose will set and you will be able to move on to the final stage, which is the removal of the packing material in your nose. You will be able to breathe again and of course, you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror with absolute confidence. In the end, it’s all going to be worth it.