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Why you should plan on having African American rhinoplasty in winter

Choosing to have African American rhinoplasty in the winter can have a number of great advantages.  You will be able to use the holidays as time to recover, and you will not have to worry about avoiding the sun as much as you would have to in the summer during your recovery period.  If you are planning to have African American rhinoplasty in the winter then there are a few minor adjustments that you will have to make to take the colder, drier air into account.

The typical African American rhinoplasty recovery process

In the first few days after your African American rhinoplasty procedure you will need to rest as much as possible and probably be feeling a little congested.  It is important that you don’t blow your nose during this time.  By having your African American rhinoplasty surgery in the winter, anyone you speak to on the phone will just assume that you have a cold.  In the summer, the temporary congestion could be explained away by having a seasonal allergy too.

The first week after your African American rhinoplasty will be when the swelling and bruising is at its peak.  After this first week is over the majority of the swelling will have subsided and you will be ready to face the world again.  Even though nearly all of the swelling will have subsided by week two, it will be around the year mark that the swelling will have completely gone away and you will be able to see what your dream nose will look like.

The cold winter weather and African American rhinoplasty recovery

Cold weather can actually help with the swelling of your nose during the recovery process.  Patients can often find the hot weather can make them a little uncomfortable so winter will be a little bit easier on you.  By having your African American rhinoplasty procedure in the winter you will also be able to stay out of powerful sunlight as this can have an adverse effect on the pigment of your nose as the skin will be more delicate as it heals.  Your African American rhinoplasty specialist will keep a close eye on you and possibly provide you with some creams or oils that will help your skin to heal in the colder, drier air of winter.  You should not apply anything that has not been expressly recommended by your African American rhinoplasty specialist.

How to speed up your African American rhinoplasty recovery during winter

As with every recovery period the number one thing that every patient must do is to follow the directions of their surgeon to the letter.  You should focus on making yourself as comfortable as possible, making the house the temperature that you feel most comfortable is essential to staying nice and relaxed.

Your African American rhinoplasty specialist will give you information on how to best reduce the swelling on and around your nose.  You really need to pay close attention to where on your face you can place the cold compresses.  As a rule applying any pressure to your nose should be avoided so listen closely.  By asking the African American rhinoplasty surgeon and their team about any winter recovery tips they have can be very useful as well.

Things to avoid during your African American rhinoplasty winter recovery

If it is very cold outside, you should limit the amount of time that you are outside.  Avoiding the hot and sunny summer conditions is a bonus, but if things get too cold that can be equally as bad.  As the winter is typically the time people get sick, you may want to avoid anyone who has a cough or cold in the weeks leading up to and after your surgery.  The last thing you want is to add the flu to your recovery period.  If you take supplements in the winter to help prevent getting sick, these need to be either avoided or at the very least, you should ask your doctor about every single one.  Even things as innocuous as fish oil and herbal tea need to be avoided.  Even garlic can thin the blood and should be steered clear of for a few weeks.

If your are planning to time your recovery period around the holidays you need to be aware that you will have to avoid alcohol during this time.  You can be the holiday hero and serve as your friend’s designated driver for a couple of weeks.  You may be able to cash in on this when you’re fully recovered too as it will be their turn.  Your African American rhinoplasty specialist will make sure that you do not smoke in the weeks prior to your surgery and during recovery.  Any nicotine products can have a negative impact on the recovery process.

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