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Exercising After Rhinoplasty?

Can I exercise after rhinoplasty? By this I mean heavy weightlifting, intensive training and protein intake.

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When to exercise after rhinoplasty? Use common sense.

Exercise increases your heart rate which increases your blood pressure. An increase blood pressure can pop off any clots that have formed and can cause bleeding. Furthermore, since the blood vessels after surgery are still somewhat leaky, the increase blood pressure can cause increased swelling. That being said, every person heals differently.  

I recommend no exercise for two weeks and then gradually returning to exercise using common sense. If you strain your ankle and it hurt when you ran but did not hurt if you walked or walked fast, then you might exercise by having a long walk. If it didn't If you jogged, you consider jogging. If it still hurt when you ran, you wouldn't run.

Similarly, as you increase your exercise after the first two weeks, if you notice pain and pressure swelling or pleading from the nose, then what you've done is too much. So follow simple common sense and you might be able to get back to your normal exercise routine sooner than you think.

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Exercising After Rhinoplasty?

Thank you for your question. I recommend 4-6 weeks prior to resuming strenuous activities after rhinoplasty. Depending on the procedure and the individual recovery times can vary. It is also important to remember that rhinoplasty is a complex procedure and allowing yourself adequate time to heal and recover will improve your chances of getting the results that you want.
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Exercising After Rhinoplasty

 One should not consider doing intensive exercising for at least 3 weeks postoperatively to minimize bruising, swelling and nasal bleeding.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after Rhinoplasty

It depends on the type of rhinoplasty (aka osteotomies, rib grafts, onlay grafts, revision, alar base only) to determine what type and what level of exertion you can exert.  In my practice, most patients can resume exercise on a gradual basis with the caveat that the nose is not "bounced" during the activity.   For these patients, a gradual increase in level of exertion goes from 0% to 25% to 50% to 75% to 100% over a span of 4-5 week postoperatively.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Intense exercise after rhinoplasty

Recovery after rhinoplasty will vary based on the person, characteristics of the nasal tissues and what was done during surgery. The amount of downtime varies greatly as well.

Typically, somewhere between 4-6 weeks, you can return to strenuous activities including intense exercise and weight lifting. At this point, it should not cause any damage to your nose.

You should clarify with your surgeon what restrictions you have and when you can return to exercise and strenuous activities.

6 Weeks After Surgery

I normally recommend patients wait until 6 weeks after surgery. This is for strenuous physical activity and swimming as well.

May Take Up To 8 Weeks To Return To Exercise Following Rhinoplasty

Patients who undergo rhinoplasty are often eager to resume their normal exercise routine. Unfortunately, any maneuver that elevates blood pressure in the immediate post-operative period can result in bleeding. This risk increases when septoplasty is performed in combination with rhinoplasty.

                  For this reason, we recommend avoiding most exertion for about two weeks following surgery. Strenuous activities such as running and weight lifting should be avoided for six to eight weeks following surgery.

                  It’s important to discuss these issues with your surgeon before resuming exercise. Your surgeon will be able to tell you when it’s appropriate to resume your normal exercise routine. 

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.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wait two weeks after rhinoplasty to resume exercising

It is a good idea not to perform any exercise after a rhinoplasty for at least two weeks. Heavy weightlifting should probably be avoided for three weeks after surgery to prevent and avoid a nosebleed.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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