Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within two days, and return to school or work a week following surgery. However, it will be several weeks before you’re entirely up to speed.
Dr. Lesavoy will give you more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. He’s likely to include these suggestions: avoid strenuous activity (jogging, swimming, bending, sexual relations-any activity that increases your blood pressure) for two to three weeks; avoid hitting or rubbing your nose, or getting it sunburned, for eight weeks; be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics.
You can wear contact lenses as soon as you feel like it, but glasses are more complicated. Once the splint is off, your glasses will have to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for another six to seven weeks, until your nose is completely healed.
Dr. Lesavoy will schedule frequent follow-up visits in the months after surgery, to check on the progress of your healing. If you have any unusual symptoms between visits, or any questions about what you can and can’t do, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Lesavoy.