Can I go out in the sun after rhinoplasty?

Can I go out in the sun after rhinoplasty?

It is advised to avoid sun exposure during the first month following surgery. Overexposure to the sun can cause edema in the nose. Also, for the first 3-6 months after surgery, the skin of the nose may be numb. As a result, it is critical to use sufficient sunblock and reapply it every 2 hours while exposed to the sun.

Summertime Recovery Tips for Rhinoplasty

Summer is a great time for rhinoplasty for certain people. You could be on a break from school or taking a long vacation from your job. Friends and relatives may be more available to assist you during your rehabilitation due to the slower pace of life in the summer. While most patients are able to resume their normal routines around a week following surgery, scheduling the procedure during the summer may necessitate some minor changes to your summer plans.

YOUR NOSE AND THE SUN

The nose will be more susceptible to the sun’s rays after surgery. If you have an open rhinoplasty treatment, sunlight can cause the incision area to darken, making the scar more obvious. Avoiding sun exposure while your nose heals is an easy approach.

That does not preclude you from spending a day at the beach or by the pool. Just remember to use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. For the best protection, reapply sunscreen every few hours. You can also protect your nose from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or lounging at the beach under an umbrella. Remember that the hat and umbrella should be worn in addition to the sunscreen, not instead of it.

GLASSES ARE NOT ALLOWED

When you go outside, it may seem like a good idea to put on a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses will protect your eyes as well as a portion of your nose from the sun’s UV radiation. However, the weight of the glasses on the nose can have an impact on the healing process. It’s generally suggested that you wait four weeks after surgery before wearing any form of eyeglasses, whether prescription, reading, or sunglasses.

If you need glasses to see, your surgeon can advise you on how to put them on without placing pressure on your nose. Typically, this entails taping the glasses to the forehead or adding padding to the nasal bridge.

REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR NOSE DRY

It’s hot outdoors, and you want to go swimming or swimming in the ocean. However, after rhinoplasty, you should wait three weeks or until your surgeon gives you the green light. Swimming after surgery might put your nose in jeopardy in a variety of ways.

While your nose is healing, the action and effort of swimming or diving into the water can jiggle it, altering the ultimate outcome. There’s also the possibility that someone else in the water will accidentally knock into your nose with their elbow or foot, causing your recovery to be slowed. The impact of diving or jumping into a pool or other body of water can knock your healed nose out of place.


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