August 20th, 2013
While a patient’s recovery from rhinoplasty can depend on many individual factors, ethnicity is not one of them. Middle Eastern patients face the same rhinoplasty recovery process as any other patient.
Following nose surgery, all patients, including Middle Eastern patients, can expect some swelling and bruising around the nose. Though New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, is renowned for his pioneering “rapid recovery” techniques that minimize these issues, all patients will experience some swelling.
As a result, Dr. Rizk typically prescribes some pain medication and provides his patients with a kit containing remedies to reduce swelling; this may include vitamin K, Medrol, cold compresses as well as a natural remedy called arnica montana. It is also a good idea to keep the head elevated for a few days to reduce the swelling.
Most patients wear a small splint on the nose to protect it and keep it stable for a week or longer.
During the rhinoplasty recovery process it is important to avoid contact sports, or any activities that may put you at risk of bumping your nose, for several weeks. Patients should be able to return to work within about 10 days.
Most of the swelling and other symptoms should subside within a couple of weeks, but it can take months or even up to a year to see final results. It is very important that you follow Dr. Rizk’s postoperative instructions throughout this time for optimal results.