ONE to FOUR WEEKS FOLLOWING SURGERY
As you resume your normal daily activities, you must continue proper care and healing.
• Continue to wear your splint as directed. Any bruising and swelling should begin to improve.
• Refrain from direct sun exposure. If you are outdoors, apply at least an SPF 30 at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and wear a hat. Your facial skin is highly susceptible to sunburn or the formation of irregular, darkened pigmentation.
• Do not smoke. Smoking deprives your body of necessary oxygen that can result in poorly healed, wide, raised scars.
• You may begin sleep in a modified reclining position. However do not sleep lying flat or on your stomach. If you are a side sleeper, two pillows under your head may offer more comfort.
SIX WEEKS FOLLOWING SURGERY
Healing will progress; swelling continues to diminish.
• Bruising, discomfort or tightness will continue to improve.
• You may ease into your regular fitness routine. However, if you are going to engage in any contact sports you must wear proper protection.
• No need to resume smoking. You have now gone 10 weeks (4 weeks prior to surgery and 6 weeks following) without a cigarette. For your long-term health, there is no need to resume smoking.
YOUR FIRST YEAR
Your appearance will continue to refine. It may take a year for all swelling to resolve and for your nasal appearance to settle to a final outcome. Nasal injury repair is the most intricate of plastic surgery procedures and healing is often unpredictable as delicate nasal bones may shift in healing. The outcomes may not be as expected. In some cases a secondary procedure may be recommended to refine your outcomes.
Your appearance will change with age. Like any facial feature, your nose can change as you age. Call us at any time with any of your questions or concerns.