Published February 13, 2015

Rhinoplasty in Australia – Managing the Swelling

Interested in undergoing a nose job operation?

If you’re thinking about getting Rhinoplasty in Australia then you will need to be aware of all the swelling. It’s a top concern among people who’ve undergone a nose job operation and serious enough to affect one’s breathing.

Significant swelling can be expected in the face specifically near the eyes and around the nasal area. Unfortunately there is no way to prevent such a discomfort which can go on for months but there are definitely a number of things that you can do to manage the situation better and set the pace for good recovery.

Things that you can do before and after your nose job surgery

If you want to reduce the swelling as much as possible then indeed there are a couple of things that you can do even before your nose job surgery. Follow all pre-operative instructions given by your nose surgeon. This would surely include refraining from medications like ibuprofen and aspirin. Your body must be free of such substances at least a week before the operation as they interfere with the body’s healing ability making it more prone to excessive swelling.

What can you do after the operation to help with the swelling? You can start simply walking around and moving about as soon as you are able to. Such actions help promote better circulation all over your body which will definitely help with the swelling.

Swelling tends to be much worse near the eyes and you can better manage the situation by applying cold compression in the affected area. Apply cold compression up to 3x a day for about 30 minutes. Whatever you do, don’t do the same directly on your nose which can remain extremely sensitive for weeks. It also helps to keep the head in an elevated position especially when you are sleeping to help reduce the swelling. If necessary, you can take pain medications as prescribed by your plastic surgeon.

The important thing is to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions to the letter. Most complications in plastic surgery can be attributed to patients veering away from their doctor’s recommendations. Keep bandages clean, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Refrain from doing any exercises until your surgeon says otherwise. Doing so will help you avoid possible complications aside from excessive swelling and make the most out of the operation.

Would you like to know more? Perhaps you are interested in arranging a consultation with some of the best plastic surgeons in the country? Call Dr Tavakoli today on 1300 368 107 to better discuss your needs for Rhinoplasty in Australia.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.