Quick Tips: Back to Outdoor Activity After Rhinoplasty

San Diego rhinoplasty surgeon explains recovery.

We’re fortunate to live in an area with a good deal of sunshine all year long, but it’s fair to say that the spring and summer months are especially active here in San Diego. Prospective rhinoplasty patients are often a young, active bunch, so it’s understandable that they’re curious about the nuances of the recovery process — specifically, how it affects your ability to get out and about.

Here are our recommendations for a few common scenarios.

  • Weddings and graduations: Whether you’re the star of the big day or simply a guest, you want to be sure you look your best for every photo-op moment that arises. While dressings and bandages are usually removed about a week after surgery, your nose can be swollen and bruised for a bit longer. I recommend undergoing rhinoplasty a minimum of 1 month before any sort of event like this in order to give your nose the time it needs to heal and adapt to its new look.
  • Swimming and surfing: Activities that take place in the water require special consideration, especially if they include a risk of injury to the nose. You should be able to safely get back to the beach or pool 3 weeks after your surgery, but start slow and be careful. It’s also vitally important to keep your healing nose protected from the sun. Be sure to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.
  • Outdoor exercise: Similar rules apply here. You can get back to hiking, biking, or otherwise spending time outdoors at the 3-week mark, but be careful with your nose and do your best to avoid activities that could result in nasal injury. If it’s practical, wear a wide-brimmed hat that keeps your face in the shade. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapply often.

Also, as a general comment: Keep in mind that while your body is in healing mode, it’s using energy that you might otherwise be able to draw from as physical stamina. In other words, give yourself permission to take it easy, and recognize that you might feel a little “out of shape” — that’s normal.

If you’d like to learn more about rhinoplasty, check out our rhinoplasty FAQs – see if any of your questions or concerns are on the list, or feel free to reach out to us in the comment section below.

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