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
6 Weeks After Surgery
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.
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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.
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.
Exercising after rhinoplasty
- Driving: 5-7 days.
- Non-contact sports: 3-4 weeks. (This includes jogging, swimming, hiking, etc.)
- Contact sports: 6 weeks. (This category includes tennis, skiing, football, basketball, etc.)
- Diving: 8-12 weeks.
Exercise after rhinoplasty
When to exercise after rhinoplasty? Use common sense.
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.
Exercising After Rhinoplasty?
Dr Guy Watts
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