How long after rhinoplasty until I can surf?
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Avoiding contact sports after rhinoplasty
Post op rhinoplasty
Surfing after rhinoplasty
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SURFING AFTER RHINOPLASTY
Rhinoplasty and surfing
The issue with surfing is two-fold:1. Open water (both ocean and fresh) can have a lot of bacteria in it. An infection after rhinoplasty can be catastrophic, especially during the healing process.2. Accidental trauma from the surfboard, other surfers, and the ocean floor/rocks can do more damage on a healing (weaker) nose.
Restrictions after surgery are not meant to keep you from living your life, but they are there to protect the time, money, and effort invested in your nose. I would recommend asking your surgeon, so she/he can guide you through the healing process and determine when the risk is acceptable for you. Safety comes first.
Surfing after Rhinoplasty
The recovery time after rhinoplasty, and thus return to activities, can vary widley depending on exactly what was done. For instance, osteotomies (or breaking the nasal bones), can take somewhat longer to heal and stablilize the nose. Additionally there are other grafts that can be used that may take longer to stabilize. I would check with your surgeon, but it may be a bit too soon. For many patients, I will have them wait 2 months or longer before resuming any sport or activity that puts the nose at risk for trauma. On the other hand, if only minor work was done, you may be able to get out sooner.
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