So you’ve done your research and consulted with your doctor and decided that nose surgery is for you. Congratulations. A nose job or rhinoplasty has many benefits. It’s been proven to change how others see you and how you see yourself, with benefits far beyond the physical.

Now it’s time to think beyond your surgery. Here are 5 simple tips for a fast rhinoplasty recovery.

1. Elevate Your Nose
You don’t have to sleep entirely upright but try to keep your nose elevated. A V-shaped or wedge pillow will help to ensure your head is elevated through the night. This will help with post-op drainage and pressure.

2. Rest, Rest, Rest
You’ve had surgery, so rest. It’s important not to push yourself. It’s recommended that you avoid exercise for 6 weeks.

3. Avoid Swimming
Swimming is exercise even if it may seem like a relaxing activity. Not only can the chlorine go up your nose and cause discomfort, but the force of the water during even a leisurely swim can put force on the nose and increase tenderness and discomfort.

4. Button Down
While you’re recovering, opt for button down shirts to eliminate any accidental pressure to the nose that may be caused by pulling a shirt overhead.

5. Chew Wisely
After your surgery, avoid gum and/or heavy chewing. Let your face muscles relax a bit and opt for softer food or foods that don’t require forceful chewing.

While these tips may seem simplistic, the truth is that you use our nose and the muscles throughout our face much more than you think. Overall, avoid things that may apply unnecessary pressure or force to the nose following your rhinoplasty. Be mindful of your recovery as you look to the future.

Before and after your nose surgery, your rhinoplasty specialist will address any and all questions and concerns you may have, and provide you with documentation on what to do before and after your surgery.

(Remember to visit our Rhinoplasty FAQ for more details.)