In the Week After Rhinoplasty Can You Do Much?

I am considering travelling across the country for rhinoplasty. I am wondering if I were to bring my husband (to help me during recovery) if we could also enjoy/explore the city/region we will be in? After the first day or two would I have enough energy to go for a drive or walk? If I am not too embarrassed due to the splint and bruising would I be able to go out for dinner? Or to the zoo or a show or something along those lines? Will these activities increase the swelling?

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One Week Post-Rhinoplasty

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The initial week after your nose job is the most important in terms of healing. You should plan to free yourself from all routine obligations, including work, school, childcare responsibilities, exercise, driving, etc. It is advisable that you try your best to completely relax, sleeping as much as possible and avoiding major activity. After this time, as your recovery progresses, you will slowly be cleared by your surgeon and can begin re-incorporating your normal, more active lifestyle. 

Activity after rhinoplasty

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The recovery time after a rhinoplasty depends on what was performed. If the bony portion of the nose was infractured, then usually a splint is placed for one week. After the splint is removed, it is recommended to maintain light activities for another week. No straining or heavy lifting for about 6 weeks after the procedure and evaluation by your surgeon. Different surgeons may have varying postoperative regimens that should be adhered to.

The week after rhinoplasty you should keep your head elevated and not do very much. Best of luck. Dr. Michael Omidi

An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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In the Week After Rhinoplasty Can You Do Much?

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Low impact activities are totally fine in the first week. That includes walking and any activity that doesn't raise your blood pressure or elevate your heart rate. You will have, at a minimum, tape over the bridge of your nose and possibly a plastic splint over that. You might have some very delicate sutures between your nostrils or they might be totally hidden inside your nostrils. Your pain should be mild to moderate but that differs from person to person. It sounds reasonable to get out and see the city but you'll have to play that by ear and you would likely lay low for the first couple of days, at least. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Weber Facial Plastic Surgery

Out of town rhinoplasty

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 We have many patients  that come from out of state and out of town in our practice, and we do encourage them to go sightseeing after the first couple days post surgery.  Even with a cast in place, its acceptable to go to a movie, or museum or out to dinner. These type of activities will not affect your healing. It is important that your husband take care of you the first day and night after the procedure. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Early expectations following rhinoplasty

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The first day or two will be a bit rough. You will have congestion, swelling, discomfort, bruising. I would not recommend driving, because most patients are usually taking narcotics for pain control. Walking is generally OK. If you are not shy, going out for dinner or a show is should be fine. Your activities should not significantly increase your swelling. Best of luck!

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after rhinoplasty

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It is generally recommended to not do any strenuous activity for at least the first week after a rhinoplasty.  Going for a drive or casual walk should not be a problem after a day or two.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Activity after Rhinoplasty

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Generally speaking, during the first day or two of recovery, it is important that rest and give your body time to heal. Most patients have a splint on their nose for the first 7-10 days and packing within the nose for the first 24-48 hours. Discuss your planned activities with your plastic surgeon.  He or she can let you know what to expect for your recovery.

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