Is it Safe to Blow My Nose After Rhinoplasty?
Naturally, there’s a lot to consider when you undergo a procedure like rhinoplasty. Anticipating the final results and dealing with recovery can be a complicated process, bringing into question minute details of your daily routine. Among these questions is determining when it’s safe to blow your nose after surgery.
Healing Takes Time and Care
Rhinoplasty is among the more complex cosmetic surgical procedures out there, and is even performed for medical reasons to rectify functional breathing issues. Each operation is custom-tailored to fit the specific needs of the patient, resulting in unique postoperative needs and recommendations prescribed by your personal surgeon.
With this in mind, there are a few general guidelines you can follow. For example, most surgeons urge that you avoid nose-blowing anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks or longer. Even after permission is granted by your doctor, only gentle nose-blowing is recommended.
Since congestion and drainage are common side effects immediately following rhinoplasty, this advice may be difficult to follow. However, unnecessary physical disturbance of the nose is critical to prevent bleeding and disruption of the healing process. Saline nasal spray is the recommended course of action.
In addition to nose-blowing, it is also best to avoid:
-Wearing clothing that you have to pull over your head
-Engaging in rigorous activities such as jogging or swimming
-Showering while bandages are still on (bathe instead)
-Resting glasses on the bridge of your nose
-Smoking or drinking alcohol
Rhinoplasty has helped many patients improve nasal contours and correct functional issues for optimal emotional and physical health. Schedule a consult today at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to discuss your options with top surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu.