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8 Awesome Tips to Speed Up Rhinoplasty Recovery Time

Rhinoplasty is a good way to solve many problems like complicated breathing, sleep problems, or wring nose shape




However, rhinoplasty as any other surgery has its side effects and recovery period. After the rhinoplasty, you may expect swelling and bruising at the surgeon site and surrounding tissues. The recovery period may last up to 4 weeks. But you may speed up this process by following simple recommendations below.


Keep your head elevated

It is crucially important to avoid sleeping on your side after the nose surgery. It may cause additional bruising, swelling, and in general prolong your recovery time. Sleeping on your side increases the risk of displacing your nose.

It is recommended to avoid sleeping on the side for at least 6 weeks after rhinoplasty. To do this you may prop your head up on two or three pillows. A travel pillow may also help you keep your head in place during a night’s sleep. If you tend to turn at night, you may surround yourself with rolled towels.


Use cold compresses

A cold compress may help you reduce swelling in the first 3 days after nose surgery. Avoid applying compress directly to your nose. You may accidentally shift bones and cartilages, thus displace your nose. It is recommended to apply a compress to your chicks to prevent nose damage.



The side effects of nose surgery can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. However, it is very important to get enough sleep when it comes to recovery after nose surgery. Your body needs a lot of energy to heal your nose. Eight hours of sleep allows your body to restore energy. Thus, it allows the body to heal faster.


Healthy diet

A healthy diet is a very important part of the recovery process. By giving your body nutrients it needs to heal you may promote a fast recovery process. It is recommended to include more protein in your diet. Protein is an important building macronutrient of the skin, muscle, and cartilage.

You also need to include more vitamins A and C in your diet. Vitamin A may help boost your immunity against different infections that may appear after surgery. Vitamin C involved in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that connects your skin tissue. You may increase the intake of these vitamins by consuming certain foods or taking supplements.


Don’t blow your nose

Nose congestion is a common problem in the first few weeks or month after nose surgery. Swollen nasal tissues cause this feeling in your nose. Avoid blowing your nose and ask your doctor about a special saline nasal spray. This spray gently moisturizes your nasal passages and helps relieve swelling.

If you feel the urgent need to sneeze, then try to do it with your mouth instead of the nose. It will be loud, but it is still better than damaging your nose and slowing down the recovery process.


Stay cool

It is recommended to avoid steamy showers and saunas in the first few weeks after nose surgery. Heat may worsen your nose swelling. You also need to avoid eating hot foods. It is better to eat cool or room-temperature foods and take lukewarm showers in the first few weeks after rhinoplasty.


Don’t wear glasses

Glasses put pressure on your nose and it may cause additional bruising, swelling, or even nose displacement. After the rhinoplasty, it is recommended to switch to contact lenses. If you can’t do this, then wear sunglasses with the lightest possible frames and only when you really need them.


Quit smoking

It is very important to avoid both smoking and secondhand smoking before and after surgery. Smoking reduces blood flow and makes it more difficult for your body to heal wounds. This may also cause complications during surgery. Smoking will interfere with your rhinoplasty recovery.