Whether you are getting a rhinoplasty because you broke your nose when you were 5 and it is now deformed, you have trouble breathing due to a deviated septum, or you simply do not like the nose that you were born with and would like to make a few changes, you are going to need to go through the surgical procedure, followed by recovery time. While it is essential that the surgery goes well in order for you to get the nose that you would like, it is also very important that you have a successful recovery as well. There are a lot of things that you can do to have a good recovery experience and to ensure that your nose heals properly after the rhinoplasty. This article is going to discuss 2 tips for recovering from a rhinoplasty.
Sleep With Your Head Elevated
After a rhinoplasty, it is going to be important that you sleep with your head elevated, rather than with your entire body flat like most people generally do. By elevating your head, you are reducing the amount of blood flow that will gather in your head, thus reducing the amount of swelling in your nose. This is going to help to reduce the feeling of pounding and pulsing in your nose that is often associated with increased blood flow and swelling. This can also help your nose to heal in a timely manner, because it is getting the proper amount of blood flow to heal, without getting too much.
Keep Your Mouth And Lips Moist
Since your nose is going to be out of commission for a bit, you are going to be doing all of your breathing out of your mouth. Because of this, you are going to likely get a dry lips, a dry mouth, and a dry throat. While this may be a bit uncomfortable, thankfully, there are several things that you can do to combat this dry throat and make the recovery process much more tolerable for you. You are going to want to have water on hand at all times to keep your throat from getting too dry, and gum is great for creating a good amount of saliva in your mouth that will run down your throat. Lastly, putting some chapstick on your lips is going to help them from getting so dry that they start to crack and and even bleed.
For more information and tips for recovering from a rhinoplasty, contact health professionals, such as William M. Parell, MD, PSC.