Can I exercise after rhinoplasty? By this I mean heavy weightlifting, intensive training and protein intake.
Exercising After Rhinoplasty?
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Exercising After Rhinoplasty
I would abstain from any cardio or workout exercise until 2 weeks of recovery, you may still have swelling. I would be Cautious so you don't cause any trauma.
Wait two weeks after rhinoplasty to resume exercising
Minimize heavy activity for a couple weeks after rhinoplasty surgery
As others have already stated, avoid all strenuous activity, especially heavy weight lifting or intensive training.
Any activity which elevates your blood pressure or causes Valsalva effect may exacerbate and cause bruising, at worst even frank bleeding. Strenuous activities to avoid include, but are not limited to running, exercise, weight lifting, pilates, aerobics, cycling, climbing, and sex. Yoga should be avoided too. Patients should even avoid straining on the toilet! Your plastic surgeon will inform you when you can resume normal activity. Most patients may resume regular activities within a couple weeks.
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When to start heavy exercise after rhinoplasty
3 weeks is the minimum. Heavy weight lifting increases your blood pressure and especially pressure in the face and nose area if you are holding your breath (valsalva maneuver). That can cause a nose bleed. Also if a weight falls on your nose in the first 3 weeks, the likelihood of breaking it is great. It takes about 3 weeks for nasal bones to heal enough to withstand some mild trauma.
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Exercise is fine once cleared by your Surgeon
Typically, I let my rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty patients resume exercise starting gradually in the 2nd week after surgery. I tell them to ease back into their regimens, but to delay any heavy bending, straining, or lifting for the 3rd week. Elliptical machines are particularly great for post-rhinoplasty exercise since there is very little jarring or impact and no bending. Once patients get 21 days out from surgery and I've cleared them, they may resume normal activities as they are able.
Not for 4-6 weeks
Patients who have had rhinoplasty must avoid leaning forward, pushing, pulling, or lifting more than 5 pounds for several weeks after surgery. I typically let my patients go back to non-bouncing light aerobic exercise two weeks after surgery letting them know that their nose may swell a bit. Intensive weight training will need to be avoided for around 6 weeks because of risk of injuring the nose. In the end, anything that raises your blood pressure is off limits because of the negative effect on your nose.
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No lifting, bending, stooping , straining !!
My number one postop recommendation after rhinoplasty is " No lifting, bending, stooping, straining"
You do not want to do anything that will raise the blood pressure in your nose and face. This could lead to bleeding. The most common cause of postop bleeding in nose jobs is weightlifting! After about 10 days, 99.9% patients are safe to resume lifting.
My second strong recommendation concerning your activities is " Don't get bumped in the nose for 6 weeks!" After 6 weeks the bones will be healed to their normal strength.
Exercise is possible three to four weeks after rhinoplasty
The nasal bones and tissues after rhinoplasty are reasonably well set and healed after three to four weeks to tolerate full exercise. The first week after the nose is tender and the splint which helps control the shape and swelling are removed. You will look pretty well after the first week but the nose is not ready for the strain of exercise. The incisions inside must heal for two weeks before you are able to blow your nose and our patients work with saline spray to improve comfort. You are able to participate in low impact activities such as walking or a stationary bike though the stuffiness may prove to be a bother. At three to four weeks, the swelling may have improved enough and the nose now is firm and set and will tolerate exercise well including running and swimming. Even if your nose is ready, make sure that you are and start slowly and build. Remember you have been down on your intensity and it takes time to come back.
Best of luck,
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No strenuous activity for 3 weeks following Rhinoplasty.
After your Rhinoplasty surgery, the most common complication you might experience is a nose-bleed. The likelihood of this can be reduced by refraining from strenuous activity like weight-lifting or jogging for 3 weeks. My patients have unrestricted activity 3 weeks following Rhinoplasty. I don't think a high protein diet would be problematic.
Good luck, and best regards.
Rhinoplasty and exercise
Aerobic type exercises may be OK after about 3-4 weeks, but any exercise or physical activities in which you risk traumatizing your nose should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
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