Rhinoplasty and Sports: Everything You Need to Know

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A rhinoplasty, also referred to as a nose job, is a common cosmetic procedure performed for patients who are looking to restore undesirable nose shapes following trauma, accidents, or even natural causes. This procedure can also provide relief for patients who have breathing problems caused by crooked nasal passageways.

Rhinoplasty is usually a simple surgery to undergo and recover from compared to others – however, it is still considered a major surgery, meaning that it will take time for you to completely heal, and following your doctor's orders is therefore essential in helping you achieve your desired outcome.

Following their rhinoplasty, many patients wonder if it's possible for them to exercise and participate in active sports, along with how soon after their procedure they can expect to return to their regular activities. Read on to find the answers to all the questions you might have about your rhinoplasty recovery.

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What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a "nose job," is a surgical procedure that focuses on reshaping and enhancing the aesthetic and sometimes functional aspects of your nose.

Whether you're unhappy with the size, shape, or proportion of your nose, or structural abnormalities, rhinoplasty can help you achieve your desired results. By delicately sculpting your nasal structure, skilled surgeons can create a balance between your nose and other facial features, ultimately enhancing your facial symmetry and overall appearance.

Additionally, not only does rhinoplasty offer you a chance to improve your physical appearance, but it also holds the potential to boost your self-confidence and improve your quality of life. With advancements in surgical techniques and technologies, today's rhinoplasty procedures are safer, more precise, and tailored to meet individual needs.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery

It’s completely normal for the first few days after your nose surgery to experience stuffiness, slight nose bleeds, and swelling around your nose and eyes - this will generally disappear around one week after surgery when your cast is removed.

After two weeks, your nose will return to looking more resentable, and will continue to improve on its own for the rest of the year. Numbness in the upper teeth and nose area may also be present for a few weeks after your surgery, but will gradually dissipate as your anesthesia wears off.

If any pain is experienced during your recovery process, your surgeon will prescribe pain medication as needed to help you adjust – however, other than minor discomfort, rhinoplasty surgery has a generally well-tolerated recovery with little expected pain.

Finally, don't forget to follow up with your surgeon for post-operative appointments! These are essential in ensuring that your nose is healing smoothly and without any issues.

Post-Operative Sports: The Dos and Don’ts

As a general rule of thumb, you'll want to avoid any type of strenuous physical exercise within six weeks of your rhinoplasty surgery. Remember - your body is adjusting to the entire structure of your nose being completely changed, and if you push yourself too hard, you run the risk of increased healing time and swelling. Lifting heavy weights is also not recommended, as this may affect how well your stitches heal.

Light swimming and hiking are possible two weeks after your surgery, but if you choose to engage in these activities, make sure you take precautions so as not to stress your body beyond its natural capacity - and definitely wait at least one month before engaging in active sports, even if they don't pose a direct risk to your nose!

You may begin to wonder after a while if you'll ever be able to play basketball or soccer again, or engage in martial arts: not to worry! With time and a little TLC, you'll be right back to taking part in the activities you love. It takes about one to two years for your nose to completely heal from surgery - be sure to follow your surgeon's specific instructions during your recovery fo the best possible results.

Schedule Your Surgery Today

As a Board Certified Facial Surgeon with extensive expertise in Ear, Nose, Throat, and Head and Neck Surgery with special focus on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kristina Zakhary is a highly-skilled, Calgary-based surgeon experienced in performing rhinoplasty surgeries.

Don't let dissatisfaction with your nose shape or size hold you back - rhinoplasty surgery in Calgary offers an ideal solution that can enhance your self-confidence and self-esteem. To discover more about rhinoplasty and determine if you're a suitable candidate, get in touch with the most trusted cosmetic surgeon in Calgary - Dr. Kristina Zakhary.

Call us today at 403-668-2917, or visit our website to schedule a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Recovery Time for Rhinoplasty?

Recovery time for rhinoplasty typically takes around 2 weeks, but full healing may take several months up yo 2 years. Discomfort but no pain are expected after rhinoplasty, but medication can help manage any discomfort during the recovery period.

Will Rhinoplasty Surgery Leave Visible Scars?

Rhinoplasty can resize and reshape your nostrils in order to achieve a more balanced and proportionate appearance. In most cases, the incisions for your rhinoplasty are made inside the nose, resulting in minimal visible scarring.

Can Rhinoplasty Fix Breathing Problems?

A Septoplasty can address structural issues that may be causing breathing difficulties, and can be performed at the same time as Rhinolplasty if needed, mproving both the aesthetic appearance and functionality of your nose. Rhinoplasty can also correct the alignment of a crooked nose and bring it into a more symmetrical position.