How Soon Can I Exercise After Having Rhinoplasty

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If you are a regular exerciser, you know that skipping a few gym sessions will leave you huffing and puffing if you try and pick back up where you left off. This is something people who are planning on having rhinoplasty need to think about because going under the knife necessarily means missing a few workouts. So just how long should you plan on spending as a couch potato before getting back into your exercise routine after surgery? As is often the case, the answer is it depends.

Listen To Your Body

As all regularly exercisers know, it is important to listen to your body. This is important advice for exercising, and important advice for recovering from plastic surgery. So, it makes sense that it is the number one piece of advice given to patients who are anxious to get back into their regular exercise routine after surgery.

For the first few days after surgery, you are probably not going to feel like doing much but resting. That is actually a good thing because you should not do any sort of physical activity that increases your heart rate or blood pressure for the first few days after surgery. Getting your blood flowing too vigorously could cause your nose to swell and bruise even more than it already is, or could reopen your incisions, which might ruin your new look or lead to infection.

After a few days of post-op resting, if you feel up to it, it is a good idea to take a nice, slow, but SHORT (think 5 minutes or less) walk around your block, or even just around your home because doing VERY light physical activity can actually help your body heal.

Over the next few weeks, you can increase the amount of time you spend walking, but you should still try and take it easy. This is where it becomes critical that you listen to your body. If your heart rate is rising, you are working out too hard, and you risk damaging your nose.

Every Person Heals Differently

Every body takes a different amount of time to heal, so there is no exact timeline for starting to exercise again. However, most patients can start doing more than walking after about six weeks of taking it easy.

When you are ready to start exercising again, you should talk with your doctor to make sure they think you are ready, and then slowly ease back into your normal routine. Don’t try to start off where you left off, but gradually ramp up your intensity while listening to what your body is telling you.

If your nose starts to hurt while you are exercising, stop immediately! If you notice any bleeding or extra swelling, you should contact your doctor.

This should go without saying, but until you are completely healed, and for some people this means a whole year, you should avoid any exercises where you could get hit in the nose by another person or a piece of equipment.

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Englewood Otolaryngologist