5. Your sleep position may change.
If you’re a side sleeper or you sleep on your stomach, your plastic surgeon will ask you to change sleeping positions to avoid disrupting your nose’s healing. Get used to sleeping on your back before surgery to help make yourself as comfortable as possible.
But “sleeping on your back” doesn’t mean laying flat on your back, as that could promote additional swelling. We recommend creating a little nest for yourself, where you can place a few extra pillows under your head and back.
Your best bet? Invest in a comfortable recliner. This chair puts you in the ideal position to get sleep without running the risk of sleeping on your side or experiencing more swelling.
6. Don’t make any social plans for the week after your procedure.
You’re going to be doing a lot of healing immediately after your rhinoplasty surgery. Plus, most people need their post-op splints to stay on for a minimum of one week; this time-frame ensures that the new nose isn’t accidentally damaged or injured during its most vulnerable healing stages.
For that reason, we recommend refraining from work and social activities for one week after your surgery. Taking this time off gives you the physical and mental space needed to fully devote yourself to recovery.
In other words, you won’t be rushing to get back out there before your nose (and your body) is ready!
7. Expect a follow-up appointment after one week.
You should expect to see your plastic surgeon for a follow-up appointment about five to seven days after your surgery. This appointment gives your surgeon the chance to take your splint off, as well as remove any stitches that may have been required during your surgery.
8. Be patient!
Part of having a healthy rhinoplasty recovery means giving yourself the time you need to fully heal from surgery. Don’t rush to go back to work, and don’t push yourself to attend social engagements before you feel ready. By giving your nose time and space to heal, you’re more likely to get those results you’ve been working for!