This week marks two weeks since my revision rhinoplasty and my doctor says I can start lifting weights again. I know it is always recommended to keep your head above your heart after a rhinoplasty. Does that mean that for the next few months I should be avoiding exercises where I am not on an incline? For instance, should I avoid exercises such as flat bench press and bent-over rows?
Should Certain Gym Exercises Be Restricted After Rhinoplasty?
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Gym after rhinoplasty
Exercise after a rhinoplasty
In my practice, return to vigorous exercise can occur gradually on a week to week basis depending on the type of rhinoplasty. The exceptions are activities that can bounce the nose around such as running. The level of exertion increases 25% each week beginning at 0% and ending at 100% over a 4-5 week span.
Six Weeks Before Resuming Vigorous Exercise
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Strenuous exercise after Rhinoplasty
I had performed Rhinoplasty for over 20 years and I restrict the activity (no strenuous activity) for 1 month following all Rhinoplasty surgery. You should however, follow the instructions of your Rhinoplasty surgeon.
Exercise after rhinoplasty
I restrict heavy exercise for about two weeks. After that most of my patients resume there program except for contact sports. Six weeks in is my number for contact sports.
Resumption of activities following a revision rhinoplasty
There is no specific, absolutely correct time to resume specific activities after a rhinoplasty and that is why there is variance in recommendations among plastic surgeons. Additionally, patients will respond differently to similar activities,etc. For my patients, I usually recommend waiting around 3 weeks following a rhinoplasty to engage in vigorous activities. For relatively strenuous bench pressing and similar activities, I would add another week to this though it doesn't guarantee that you won't have a nose bleed.
Proper Post-op Activity for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is one of my favorite operations. The nose sits in the middle of the face, and a one-millimeter change can make the difference between a good result and a great result. Depending on the approach and the extent of the dissection, I would recommend that you avoid vigorous exercise for at least four weeks. This is because when you raise your heart rate, you then raise your blood pressure, and if you raise your blood pressure in a fresh surgical state. you can hemorrhage.
I typically request my patients avoid strenuous exercise for three weeks and contact sports for two to three months depending on whether osteotomies were performed
2 weeks for normal activity
weight lifting, especially heavy weights, can create a very strong Valsalva ( forced expiration without opening the nose or mouth) which elevates the venous pressure and can lead to swelling or even a nose bleed. I would recommend 4-6 eweeks, for anything other than stetching or fast walking
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