Many of our patients worry about the recovery process after rhinoplasty. Will recovery be painful? How bad does it hurt? The good news is, many patients find that recovery is much easier than they were expecting. We’ll provide pain medications to help you stay comfortable. Rhinoplasty isn’t that painful for most patients. Call and schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with triple board certified Dr. Sajjadian today.
What Does Rhinoplasty Recovery Feel Like?
You’ll return home shortly after your rhinoplasty to recover. Most patients feel a bit groggy and tired right after surgery. You may have a headache or feel nauseous. You may feel stuffiness, heaviness, and pressure in the nasal area.
Most patients take prescription pain medication for the first couple of days and then control any discomfort with over-the-counter medications. Rhinoplasty isn’t typically that painful. If you feel extreme discomfort, let us know.
How Long Does Rhinoplasty Recovery Take?
You’ll be back on your feet and doing regular activities shortly after your rhinoplasty. We recommend a limited schedule and plenty of rest for the first couple of days after surgery. Most patients return to light activity and office type work in just a few days. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for a few weeks and full contact sports for about six months.
How Can I Improve My Rhinoplasty Recovery Experience?
We want you to have the best rhinoplasty recovery experience possible. These tips will help speed healing and ease swelling. Get in touch with any questions or concerns.
- Elevate Your Head– Elevate your head as much as possible after rhinoplasty, even during sleep.
- Use Arnica– Dr. Sajjadian often recommends that patients take arnica tablets to reduce swelling after rhinoplasty. Arnica cream is another option for reducing swelling.
- Eat Pineapple– Pineapple and pineapple juice can help to reduce swelling. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps to reduce inflammation.
- Use Cold Compresses– A cold compress can help reduce swelling, especially in the first few days.
Don’t let the fear of pain keep you from your ideal nose. Rhinoplasty recovery isn’t typically that painful and any pain can be managed with medications. If you’re interested in rhinoplasty, Dr. Sajjadian is one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Orange County. He is regularly invited to teach and lecture about rhinoplasty, has published many papers on rhinoplasty, and is constantly seeking to improve and perfect his methods. Dr. Sajjadian is known around the world as an exceptional rhinoplasty surgeon.