Is it Safe to Put Ice on my Nose After Rhinoplasty?

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Many people go to great lengths to improve their appearance and quality of life. One popular way to achieve this is through rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty procedures can change your nose's overall size and shape while also correcting breathing problems that interfere with sleep and physical activities.

Although it is generally safe to put ice on your nose after nose reshaping surgery, you should always consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon first. Boston cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa can review the details of surgery and recovery when you come in for an assessment at The DeRosa Center. Read below to learn more about the effects of ice on your nose after rhinoplasty.

What is your rhinoplasty surgical technique?

Rhinoplasty can be accomplished in different ways depending on your specific concerns and goals. Most facial plastic surgeons perform surgery by reducing or adding bone, cartilage, or tissue to achieve the desired results. Once the underlying structures are reformed, we re-drape the skin over the new nose and carefully close the incisions with sutures. Patients are placed in a recovery area so we can monitor their progress before sending them home to rest.

What happens during rhinoplasty recovery?

Nose reshaping patients can expect their noses and the surrounding areas to swell and feel tender. The DeRosa Center provides each patient with inflammatory medications to help with side effects and make them feel more comfortable. It may take about 2 – 4 weeks to look and feel normal after rhinoplasty surgery, but most people say the results are definitely worth the wait. In the meantime, we advise everyone to avoid strenuous exercise to prevent further inflammation and swelling.

Can I use ice on my nose during recovery?

Most facial plastic surgeons tell patients to avoid placing ice directly on the healing area after rhinoplasty surgery. This is because ice can damage the skin due to the extreme cold. However, it is generally safe to use cold packs or ice wrapped in a washcloth. The cool sensation is great for minimizing side effects and soothing the healing areas. Patients who notice swelling or consistent pain that doesn't go away should speak with Boston cosmetic surgeon Dr. DeRosa right away.

Does my nose need special care during recovery?

There are other ways to care for your nose as it heals after rhinoplasty surgery. We advise patients to avoid blowing their noses for several weeks because the forceful pressure can damage the internal structures and delay healing. You should also avoid allergens, like dust or pollen, that can trigger your allergies and cause sneezing.

Want to feel even more comfortable? Sleeping slightly elevated can reduce swelling and pressure on the affected area. We recommend using a small pillow or rolled-up towel under your head to ensure proper breathing and rest throughout the night. Our team is free to answer any questions you may have about rhinoplasty recovery and if certain activities should be avoided after nose reshaping.

Have a safe rhinoplasty surgery

Want to enhance your appearance and correct breathing problems that may be interfering with your life? Request a consultation with Boston cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa and our trained team at The DeRosa Center. Our professionals are proud to have helped countless patients get through surgery and recovery safely and successfully. We are dedicated to providing personal attention and achieving superior results.