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Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery Recovery Guide & Tips

Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery Recovery Guide & Tips

Postby Make_Me_Heal_Team » Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:42 pm

Hello Everyone,

We thought we would put together a must-have list of recovery tips for patients. This post focuses on swelling tips. Most patients who have plastic surgery are worried about post-operative swelling and how they can minimize this unsettling symptom. As swelling can remain for days, weeks or longer, being prepared and knowing the key recovery tips will greatly help to minimize swelling.

Below is a must-have proactive list for anyone having plastic surgery who wants to take the air out of swelling:

Chill Out: 20 Minutes On, 40 Minutes Off

Many patients ice constantly (day & night) during the initial days of post-op. Apply a cold compress for 20 minutes on swollen area, then 40 minutes off, repeating hourly. Don’t put a cold compress directly on skin, as you should put a paper towel or thin, soft cloth on the swollen area to protect it. You can use specialized cold therapy compresses, frozen peas or blueberries in ziplock bags, or gauze pads soaked in water and ice.

Compresses We Recommend:

1) Face Masque Hot & Cold Compress: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13733

2) Cold & Hot Eye Compress (w/cheek and temple coverage): http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10001

3) Swiss Therapy Eye Mask Compress: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=18998

Electromagnetic Patch

Electromagentic patches are the latest swelling, pain and bruising home treatments that send an electromagnetic pulsed signal to the wounded area. An electromagnetic patch fights the inflammatory response of your body that normally leads fluids to accumulate in the wounded area and cause your cells to be pulled apart and result in swelling. The electromagnetic mechanisms provide an environment in which cell-cell communication is re-established in the area of the injured tissue. This provides a well demonstrated and significant overall improvement in the restorative and recovery process following surgery. As a result of the above changes, a decrease in the pain associated with soft tissue injury often occurs.

Electromagnetic Patch We Recommend:

1) ActiPatch ActiMask Healing Patch: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=34828

2) ActiPatch Small Crescent Healing Patch With On/Off Key Tab:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=34824

The Natural Path To Healing With Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies such as Arnica Montana and Bromelain can shorten your recovery and lessen the swelling that you experience.

Arnica Montana:
Arnica Montana is a homeopathic herb that can shorten recovery by reducing post-op swelling and bruising. Arnica comes in both pill and cream form. The pill form can be taken several days before surgery and up to a few days post-op. The cream form can be applied on the affected swollen areas once the incisions have been closed.

Arnica Montana Products We Recommend:

Pill-form Arnica:

1) Sinecch Arnica Montana: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10369

2) Vitamedica Arnica Montana: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=15740

Cream-form Arnica:

1) Boiron Arnica Montana Gel:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=11537

Bromelain
Bromelain is a natural pineapple enzyme that helps reduce post-op swelling and pain, and accelerates healing. Taken a week to several days before surgery and up to 1-2 weeks post-op.

Bromelain Products We Recommend

1) Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Multinutrient - Post-Op Formula (w/Bromelain) -
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13509

2) Vitamedica Arnica Montana & Bromelain Kit:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13518

Healing Multivitamins designed specifically for recovery are popular with patients, as they enable you to get all the essential healing vitamins, supplements, and minerals in one product.

1) Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Multinutrient - Pre & Post-op Forumula (w/Bromelain) -
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13511

2) VitaMedica Plastic Surgery Pre & Post-Op Program (w/Vitamins, Arnica, Bromelain & FREE Arnica cream):
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13517

Elevate Yourself

Rest and sleep on your back continuously in an inclined position (25-45 degree angle) for the initial days of post-op or as long as major swelling remains. Resting in elevation enables optimal blood circulation and helps reduce swelling. You can achieve elevation by using specialized pillows such as a wedge pillow with an incline design, or by propping yourself above 3-4 pillows, or by sleeping on a recliner.

Wedge pillows are specially designed with an incline to provide proper alignment and to keep your affected swollen areas (facial, upper, mid, or lower body areas) comfortably elevated in an angle that helps reduce swelling and enables optimal blood circulation to all the vital healing areas. Many patients find bed wedges to be a superior and more comfortable elevation solution compared to putting oneself above pillows on a bed. The advantages of wedges compared to pillows are that they are sturdy, you do not have to worry about slipping off as you would with pillows, you have far less tension and stress on your body, and you do not have to periodically rearrange the wedge as you would with pillows that shift around and fall.

Bed Wedge Pillows We Recommend:

1) Memory Foam Bed Wedge:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10574

2) Deluxe/Ultra-Comfort Memory Foam Wedge:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13440

3) Bed Wedge Pillow:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10043

Avoid Hot Showers

During the initial weeks of post-op, the water in the shower should be moderately warm because hot or steamy water can worsen swelling. Avoid having the water stream come down directly on fragile surgical areas.

Eat Right

*As salt (sodium) can worsen swelling, avoid foods and drinks containing salt during recovery.

*Eat leaf lettuce, eggs, and yogurt, which are excellent sources of Vitamin K, another possible remedy to swelling.

Swelling Myth: Drinking pineapple juice will reduce your swelling.

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, pineapple juice does not contain bromelain. Bromelain is derived from the pineapple stock- not the fruit.
Last edited by Make_Me_Heal_Team on Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Don't Let The Black & Blues Get TO You

Postby Make_Me_Heal_Team » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:46 am

Hello Everyone,

Many patients relate to us how they are concerned and disturbed by bruising discolorations after surgery which can be quite unsettling visually and span all kinds of colors (black, blue, gray, and purple, to yellow and brown) until they disappear.

Fortunately, there are a few effective tips which you can follow to speed up the disappearance of the bruises, as follows:

Compresses

Once swelling has gone down, you can switch to warm compresses to help reduce bruising. Although the benefits of icing in regards to bruising is not agreed upon by all doctors, some believe that the “20 minutes on, 40 minutes off” icing technique (the technique used for swelling) may also keep the level of your bruising to a minimum. The Cold & Hot 10"x9" Compress and the Cold & Hot Deluxe Compress - 11"x14" can be used for both hot and cold therapy.

Compresses We Recommend:

1) Face Masque Hot & Cold Compress: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13733

2) Cold & Hot Eye Compress (w/cheek and temple coverage): http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10001

3) Swiss Therapy Eye Mask Compress: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=18998

The Natural Path To Healing With Homeopathic Remedies

Arnica Montana & Bromelain are homeopathic remedies that can help reduce post-op bruising.

Homeopathic Remedies We Recommend:

1) Sinecch Arnica Montana: http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10369

1) Make Me Heal Plastic Surgery Healing Multinutrient - Post-Op Formula (w/Bromelain) -
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13509

2) Vitamedica Arnica Montana & Bromelain Kit:
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13518

Vitamin K creams and pills help reduce post-operative bruising and internal bleeding. Some vitamin K creams also include Arnica, which decreases bruising when applied topically.

Vitamin K Creams We Recommend

1) Cosmesis Bruise Away Cream (with Vitamin K & Arnica):
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=18214

2) Life Extension Vitamin K Healing Cream
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=26867

3) Revision Vitamin K Cream
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=13652

Cover Them Up

If your bruising is not disappearing as quickly as you need it to, you can use professional camouflage makeup to hide your bruising. The best product for this is Dermablend Cover Crème which is recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, make-up artists and even actors! Set the Cover Crème with the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder for all day coverage!

Dermablend Cover Creme Camouflage Makeup
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10005

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder
http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10038

No Vitamin E

Avoid using or taking products (skincare, hair products, foods, supplements) containing Vitamin E (tochopherol) for 2-3 weeks before surgery and for 2-3 weeks afterwards because it is an anticoagulant that can worsen bleeding during surgery and increase post-op bruising.

Take It Easy

Take it easy during your initial recovery, as excessive activities and movements can raise your blood pressure and lead to greater bruising.

Avoid Bending or Leaning Down

Avoid bending or leaning down, lifting anything above 10 pounds, vigorous activities, and exercising until 3-4 weeks after surgery.

Gentle Massaging

Once surgical areas are not fragile, gentle massaging may help disintegrate the bruises.
All the best,

The MakeMeHeal Crew
Tel: (866) 363-4325 (international callers: 818-883-3300)
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Postby jan08 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:42 pm

Click here to view my thread on the whole recovery process, what to expect during what days (time duration), what I used, how I saved $, etc. It's a complete FAQ list! :P

Good luck to all!
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Re: Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery Recovery Guide & Tips

Postby greymatter » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:52 pm

Thanks great advice! I liked the arnica montana homeopathy remedy a lot.
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Re: Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery Recovery Guide & Tips

Postby ellalondon » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:29 am

Also, do not used aspirin before the op if you have head ache as it thins the blood, so you do not want to bleed a lot.
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Re: Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery Recovery Guide & Tips

Postby AmsRog » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:17 pm

Thanks for the tips! I have just gotten nose surgery. I have been taking arnica, which has really helped. I will also try some of your other suggestions too. Thanks again. =)
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Re: Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery Recovery Guide & Tips

Postby hunnybunz » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:24 am

Hey guys,

I just wanted to say what i found that really helped is drinking green tea.. not sure if its been proven but it has helped a lot with swelling. The more things that can potentially help, the better!

cheers :D
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