When patients dream of life after a rhinoplasty procedure, they often imagine themselves with the face that they have always dreamed about. They think of a time where they feel comfortable and confident. While this is the result of most rhinoplasty procedures, it is important that patients remember that rhinoplasty recovery can take a bit of time and does require patience. Dr. Kevin Sadati emphasizes to his Irvine patients that there is a minor recovery period but when the proper precautions are taken, the result is well worth it.
Immediately following the procedure, patients can expect there to be bruising and swelling on the face. This surgery is a traumatic event for the face, and the body needs time to heal. It can take between 7-10 days for the swelling to subside, but in the mean time patients are able to manage their pain with prescription pain medications, steroids and antibiotics. Dr. Sadati recommends that patients use cold compresses to help minimize the swelling on the face. There is a splint placed on the nose which can be removed a week after the surgery is done.
Patients who work in an office or have a light workload are usually able to return to work after 7 days.
However, just because most daily activities can be resumed within 7-10 days does not mean that there are no further restrictions for rhinoplasty patients. For instance, heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks, and patients should be cautious not to bend over too far for several weeks. All contact sports should be avoided for at least two months. Patients who wear contacts are able to wear them immediately without restriction, but those who wear glasses must tape the eyeglasses to their face. This ensures the new form of the nose is not damaged.
Dr. Kevin Sadati is a top facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with over 15 years of facial and reconstructive surgery experience. He is particularly known for creating natural, subtle results for his patients who don't appear that they've had work done. This can be credited to his extensive experience, as well as his surgical finesse and natural artistic talent. Along with years of studying and training, Dr. Sadati has experience as a painter and sculptor, which embodies his artistic eye for, and appreciation of, aesthetic harmony. He believes that this is key to creating beautiful, natural-looking results in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 4 years in a row, “Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine and received “Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award at the National Aesthetic Show by his peers. He also appeared in “The Doctors” show on NBC.