How Long After SeptoRhinoplasty Can I Begin Exercising?

I had SeptoRhinoplasty 2 weeks ago to remove hump and also correct the septum area. No osteotomy was done. I have been careful to avoid strenuous activity but the other day I inadvertently jumped quickly down some steps and just wanted to find out if the jarring reaction of running or jumping down steps would cause any issues with the septum getting displaced. Also is it ok to return to lifting light weights 2 weeks after surgery, is there any chance lifting weights can cause displacement.

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After septorhinoplasty, 14 days “off” is adequate before resuming exercise.

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Dear Spin2011:

Since you had your septorhinoplasty two weeks ago and you have not had any complications such as bleeding or unusual swelling, you should be ready to go. 

The reason why there is a 10-14 day wait after such procedures: The time necessary for nature to seal the little blood vessels which were disturbed during surgery is typically 10-14 days.  Once the vessels are sealed, there is much less likelihood that you will have a problem with bleeding or swelling.

As you know, strenuous exercise, and particularly lifting weights, which increases the pressure within the veins, is more likely to cause bleeding than mild exercise, such as walking.  But I would not worry at this point. 

Another concern was if lifting weights could cause displacement.  Unless you had an injury to the nose as a result of lifting, such as accidentally brushing your nose while raising the horizontal portion of a barbell, don’t worry, you should not have a problem. 

Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 90 reviews


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Generally speaking, the main issue with exercise it that it can increase the pressure in the nasal blood vessels and cause bleeding.  I tell my patients that they can resume exercises the next day as long as it is not too strenuous, use light weights with high reps and no heavy weights.  Full exercise resumes in 2 weeks and no contact sports for 4 weeks.

Hope this helps.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews


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Great question. Generally I counsel patients not to exercise for the first week after surgery. After the first post operative visit which is usually 6-7 days after surgery I let patients return to light exercise (treadmill, jog, etc) but avoid heavy weights or contact sports. Usually after the second week, you may return to full exercise. Hope this helps. 

Julian W. Dixon, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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Patients who undergo rhinoseptoplasty 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.

How Long After SeptoRhinoplasty Can I Begin Exercising?

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You should contact your Rhinoplasty surgeon and follow his/her specific recommendations and advice.  I tell all my Rhinoplasty patients to avoid any exercise for 1 month after their Rhinoplasty.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
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Exercise after surgery

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Two weeks after surgery, risk of injury with cardio type exercise is minimal. I tell my patient to ease back into full activity at two weeks.  You should avoid trauma to the nose (no contact sports) for a full 8 weeks as you will find trauma to that very painful and it could compromise your long term results.

Michael Bowman, MD
Roanoke Facial Plastic Surgeon

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