How To Minimize Swelling After A Rhinoplasty Procedure

If you have a cosmetic procedure like a rhinoplasty or nose job scheduled, then you will need to speak with your cosmetic surgery specialist about the types of things you will need to do both before and after the surgery. Aftercare is extremely important. You may not know this, but you are expected to see swelling for several months up to an entire year after your nose procedure is completed. If you want to see good results from your procedure as soon as possible, then you should try to reduce swelling as much as you can.

Reduce Salt In Your Diet

If you speak with your cosmetic surgeon, you may learn that it is best to eat soft foods after your surgery. This helps to keep the facial and jaw muscles from moving in a way that can cause stress and pressure on the nose and the sinus cavities. You also may be asked to avoid spicy foods for some time as well. This can cause mucus to thin, run, and contribute to bleeding and clot movement issues. 

While your physician may not ask you to follow a special diet after the initial swelling period, which is likely to last the first two to three weeks, you should watch how much salt or sodium you consume. If you eat an abundance of salt, then your body can retain a great deal of fluid. Fluid retention can contribute to swelling issues. This is especially true in any area of the body that may already be swollen for some reason, like your nose after rhinoplasty.

Make sure to stay away from salty foods and also do not add salt to the dishes you eat. Also, stay away from processed meats, sauces, salad dressings, pickles, pre-packed soups and canned foods, and certain cheeses. 

Place Little Pressure On The Nose

Your cosmetic surgeon will tell you that you should not involve yourself in sports, exercise, or any other activity that may cause you or someone else to hit your nose. You also will be asked to keep your glasses off your face for some time. If you need glasses, then the bridge should be kept above your nose. Taping the glasses to your forehead or to your temples is a good way to keep them in place. Also, be very gentle when blowing your nose. 

You should sleep on your back as well, with a pillow placed under your head to keep your head propped up. This will help to encourage good blood flow away from your nose and face. Also, it will keep you from sleeping in a way that you may rest on your nose, like if you sleep on your side.