If you are thinking about rhinoplasty, you likely have visions of how you will look after your surgery. Occasionally, this can cause anxiety and stress. This stress and obsession can be exacerbated by the surgery itself, leaving patients in a constant struggle to see their results without mind to the swelling that occurs following nose surgery.

While most feel confident soon after surgery, if you find yourself looking in the mirror and getting anxious after your rhinoplasty, these tips will get you through the initial healing process and ensure you make it through the after surgery phase to your happily ever after.

Although it’s easier said than done, it is important that you relax after surgery. If you are stressed out, it can impede the healing process. Remember that any bruising and swelling is temporary only. Take care of yourself. Make sure you get plenty of fluids. Make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep. Be careful to follow the doctor’s instructions, and before you know it you’ll be able to do everything you did before and more.

Resist the Obsession
It can be hard not to obsess over the reflection in the mirror. Yes, rhinoplasty is complex, but the result is still you. Resist the urge to pick apart your appearance in the days and weeks following surgery. Remember, within 10 days after surgery.

Practice Patience
Remember there will be swelling and bruising after surgery. It is to be expected. The nose you see immediately after rhinoplasty is not the same nose you will see in a week or two. In some instances, it can take as long as a year to see the final results, but within a few short weeks you should like what you see.

Above all, you should remain positive and be realistic about the process as your nose is healing. If you have any questions during the process—whether it is before or after surgery, it is important that you communicate with your doctor. Dr. Patel will walk you through the process and keep you informed along the way, helping you stay relaxed, obsession free, and patient as you await your rhinoplasty results.