When and How to Resume Exercising after Rhinoplasty

When and How to Resume Exercising after Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a very popular surgical procedure that is often sought by people who want to refine and reshape their noses. As rhinoplasty is a facial surgical procedure, some people might assume that you could return to exercising soon after nose surgery. However, this isn’t the case. Even though the surgery is performed on your nose only, your body needs time to heal after a complex intervention. Performing any sort of intense activity too soon can negatively impact your results and slow down the healing. Prematurely injuring your nose while exercising soon after surgery can also result in post-surgical complications.

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Risks of Exercising Too Soon After Rhinoplasty

Any kind of physical activity will have an influence that will extend to the face. All in all, your entire body will need to heal and recover post-surgery if don’t want to impact your results. A moderate and intense workout can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, you are at risk of bleeding, bruising, and other complications. You are also more prone to experience an increase in swelling which can delay the healing process.

You also have to protect your new nose from all forms of injury after the surgery. The tissues in your nose are extremely fragile at this point. Any kind of bumping or an impact could lead to long-lasting damage. You don’t want to ruin the results while you are healing. In order to protect your nose, it is best to delay working out until at least six weeks after surgery (or as advised by your surgeon).

Here are some general guidelines for exercising post rhinoplasty. You need to listen to your surgeon and your own body before doing any form of exercise workout. If you are feeling lightheaded, dealing with a throbbing pain surrounding your nose or witnessing an increase in swelling, STOP immediately.

Suggested Exercise Timeline for Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

While every individual is different and will heal at a different pace, here is a general exercise timeline to follow post-surgery:

1 Week Post Cosmetic Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

It is important to rest for the first seven days of the surgery. At this point, the only activity that is recommended is light walking around the house. Do not exceed 20 minutes at a time. Gentle walking will help to improve blood circulation, increase the risk of clotting and speed up the healing process.

At any point, if you feel fatigued, out of breath, have an increased heart rate, or are dizzy, it is important to stop immediately and let your body heal to prevent the risk of bleeding. Your main focus should be healing and recovery during the first week. Take all the pain medication timely to prevent the swelling and bruising to go down immediately. If you have any concerns contact your nurse or doctor.

Focus on resting and keep your body hydrated. At this point, you shouldn’t do any physically demanding activities, just gentle walking.

2-4 Weeks Post Rhinoplasty

During this period, your stitches and nasal splint will be removed if required. On the day of this appointment, you will need to take a 24-hour break from all sorts of activities. After that, you can slowly increase the strength of your walks or add low-impact workouts. You can gradually add no-contact, moderately-paced exercises to your routine. Some strength training activity is alright at this point as long as it doesn’t put a strain on your body (be sure to keep the intensity moderate). Avoid road cycling as it comes with a risk of falling down and this could be leading to a nose injury. While yoga seems like a gentle exercise, stay clear of inversions or any poses that require bowing your head forward.

You will be prone to bleeding if your heart rate gets higher when the blood flow is directed to your head. Your nose will be quite sensitive to all forms of bouncing, bumping, and touch. Running and swimming should be avoided at this point.

4-6 Weeks After Rhinoplasty

Once the first month of recovery has passed, you can slowly increase the intensity and duration of your exercise. Make sure to get a confirmation from your surgeon and keep listening to your body. Avoid doing any forms of exercise or indulging in sports that pose a risk of falling or getting bumped in the face. Most people can return to yoga inversions and start incorporating strength training workouts at this point. Always look out for overexertion and take breaks as needed. An ideal way to start getting back to your workout routine is to work with a professional trainer.

If your surgeon approves, you can also resume swimming. It all depends on whether your nose has healed fully or not.

6 Weeks Plus After Rhinoplasty

Most people will take around six weeks to recover fully in terms of healing structural tissues. This essentially means that you can return to higher-impact workouts. Even at this point, it is still a good idea to avoid contact sports.

Each patient is unique and can take several months to recover from the surgery. Your nose is still susceptible to getting injured. Hence, it is critical to get clearance from your surgeon. If you regularly play contact sports like soccer or hockey, it is important to get fitted for a protective mask and wear it for a few months.

Getting Back to Exercising

Pushing through the recovery a little too soon can alter the results of your surgery. You will never regret being kinder and more patient with your body when you needed it the most.

Start Slow

Even though you might not feel restricted and limited in your movements as compared to undergoing other procedures such as abdominoplasty, body lift (torsoplasty) or breast augmentation mammoplasty, it is important to realise that rhinoplasty is still a complex surgical procedure. So, be patient and take it slow.

Light Aerobics

You will be allowed to start light walking a day after the surgery. Dr Hunt encourages light walking to kick-start the healing process and prevent the formation of blood clots. Activities like running, jogging, and other aerobic exercises are to be avoided for the first week or two. You can add light aerobic exercises after two weeks if Dr Hunt has given you clearance to do so. This measure is taken to protect the stitches and allow your bones to heal properly. Your breathing will be obstructed for the first two to three weeks, making intense workouts more difficult.

Bending Over

Stay clear of any exercises that require you to bend over for the first week or two. It includes touching your toes, crunches, and lifting. For a week post-surgery, avoid lifting anything that is more than 2 kg. Yes, it includes your children (if you have any). The pressure caused by lifting and bending might cause the stitches to pop up and slow down the healing process. Limit your sexual activities for the first week. It is recommended to sleep alone to stay clear of any accidental bumping during the night.

Contact Sports and Heavy Lifting

If you are someone who loves to play contact sports, run hard, do heavy lifting, and other similar activities you need to know that returning to your regular exercise routine should only be considered once the initial six weeks after surgery are over. While it does sound like a very long period, it will protect you from all sorts of complications.

You can move your body freely only when your surgeon approves. Till then, stick to safer and bounce-free workouts. Opting for any kind of contact sports is not recommended for the initial six months. Refrain from spending a lot of time outdoors as it can lead to sunburn which might affect the healing process and cause swelling. Sunblock should be applied at all times while stepping out.

How Long Does Full Recovery Take After Rhinoplasty?

It can take around six weeks or more for your nose structures to reassemble and recover adequately. This is the point when you can resume your usual workout routine. As a general rule of thumb, please resume gentler, non-contact exercises at this point. You should start slow and be very careful regarding activities that require a lot of motion or bouncing. Stay clear of high-impact workouts such as aerobics, running, jogging, and jumping rope for the first six weeks.

As you will be resuming your exercise routine after a long pause, you should be very careful while easing back into your routine. It is not recommended to jump right back into a high-intensity yoga class or run the same distance as you used to. Stop exercising immediately if you are experiencing throbbing of the nose. Your body will signal you when it is time to stop. Pay attention and listen to it. If you are taking pain medication, your body signals won’t be as evident so you need to be even more careful.

When it comes to contact sports, you have to wait longer. This is due to the fact that they pose a serious threat to your nose and can result in major injuries. It is best to practice caution to prevent complications. As they say, it is better to be safe than sorry. Contact sports include basketball, football, hockey, baseball, and any other sport where there is the slightest chance of being hit by a ball or a person. That is why Dr Hunt might ask you to avoid those for three to six months. Make sure to wear proper protective gear even when you get back in the game.

Getting Back to Your Active Lifestyle & Exercising After Rhinoplasty

When you are an exercise enthusiast and have a very active lifestyle, it is very hard to take a break. However, it is essential for your recovery. This much-needed break will give your body due time to heal post surgery and protect your nose from any kind of injury. Keep in mind that there are a few things you can do to boost the recovery process.

Try to incorporate foods such as turmeric, ginger, pineapple and blueberries that have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Avoid excessively salty foods and drink enough water. Try to eat home-cooked meals instead of store-bought ones and sleep for a minimum of eight hours a night.

All these steps can help reduce your chances of complications after surgery. At any point during the recovery phase, if you notice any signs of complications, it is important to reach out to your doctor.

While a little bit of movement post-rhinoplasty is encouraged, you shouldn’t overdo it. Make sure to stick to the timeline provided and always consult your surgeon. Light to moderate activities can be resumed six weeks after the surgery. However, challenging training sessions should be postponed for a few months. The best way to go about is to hire a physical trainer who helps people who have just undergone a surgical procedure. Listening to your surgeon and your body at all times can help you prevent most surgery-related complications.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.

Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty – Rhinoplasty for different Ethnic Groups

Ethnic Rhinoplasty – Rhinoplasty for different Ethnic Groups

Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a nose procedure performed to alter the shape of the nose for different ethnic groups. The complex surgical procedure involves altering the shape and reconstruction of the cartilages and bones in the nose. Rhinoplasty can also be done to change the facial appearance or to improve breathing if you have a deviated nasal septum. It can be done for other conditions like cleft lip, cleft palate, chronic allergies causing nasal inflammation, or any mass in the nose.

Different kinds of noses require different types of rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty depends upon the results you want to achieve or the condition for which you are undergoing a rhinoplasty. Traditional rhinoplasty aims to create a specific type of structure of the nose. Many procedures also leave the nose with a pinched-out and out-of-proportion appearance. The traditional Rhinoplasty procedure does not typically take into consideration the preferences and traits of your ethnicity.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt has completed hundreds of nose surgeries in Australia. Dr Hunt is a Sydney plastic surgeon who practices in Sydney and Wollongong.

What is ethnic rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is an alternate form of rhinoplasty where the shape of the nose is altered without losing or diminishing the unique characteristic of your ethnicity. This procedure takes special care to retain the features that are a product of specific ethnicity. Ethnic rhinoplasty works with these features and incorporates them into the new design of the nose. Many people don’t want to lose sight of who they are, where their family is from and their particular ethnic heritage when getting a rhinoplasty.

Ethnic rhinoplasty will preserve your facial heritage and is a relatively novel concept but is gaining quick popularity as it creates a well-balanced look to suit your ethnicity.

How is an ethnic rhinoplasty different?

So, what is the difference between a rhinoplasty and an ethnic rhinoplasty? Both procedures are similar. They use the same methods and techniques to accomplish aesthetic changes. However, ethnic rhinoplasty pays special attention to your unique facial features and nasal structures. It creates a natural look of the nose that does not seem to be surgically corrected. It’s a rhinoplasty without compromising your physiognomy.

What are the different types of Ethnic Nose?

  • Indo-European or Caucasian noses are taller and thinner
  • A Middle Eastern or Mediterranean nose is usually longer. The nasal tips are bulbous, the bridges are prominent, and have a large dorsal hump
  • People of Hispanic, Middle Eastern, or Mediterranean descent have dorsal humps over their nasal bridge
  • Asian or Latino noses have features in between these two
  • People of Hispanic, African, or Asian descent have thicker nasal skin. They tend to have more tissues underneath the skin of the nose than Caucasians do
  • Another peculiar feature of Asian noses is that they have a flared nasal base, with wider-than-average nostrils. The nasal bridge is low and wide and so is the tip.
  • Africans typically have a broad and flat nose

What are the types of ethnic rhinoplasty procedures?

The various reshaping procedures are:

  • Caucasian rhinoplasty: Typically aims to straighten the bridge of the nose and reduce the dorsal hump
  • Middle Eastern rhinoplasty: Also intends to straighten the bridge of the nose along with the refinement of the nasal tip and narrowing the nose
  • Asian rhinoplasty: Aims to create a narrow nose, refine the nasal tip and increase the definition of the nasal bridge
  • Hispanic rhinoplasty: Aims to resolve the concern of a droopy nasal tip, creating a lifted or refined tip. It also intends to narrow the nostril width and remove the side bumps on the nasal bridge
  • African American rhinoplasty: Intends to achieve a defined or narrow nasal bridge, refined nasal tip shape, and narrow width of the nostril

How is ethnic rhinoplasty performed?

Ethnic rhinoplasty begins with a pre-operative consultation during which Dr Hunt will examine your nose. He will also determine if you should undergo the procedure or not based on the maturity of your nose. Your medical history will be reviewed, and a treatment plan will be recommended for you. Pictures of your nose will be taken for a before and after comparison. You will also be given specific instructions that should be followed before the procedure to help achieve the results you desire. On the day of the procedure, it is recommended that you do not wear makeup. The nose and the surrounding area will be cleaned and numbing cream will be applied. This will keep you at ease during the procedure.

What can you expect from an ethnic rhinoplasty?

An ethnic rhinoplasty procedure can help alter the appearance of your nose while respecting and preserving your ethnic characteristics. Results are generally visible soon after the procedure but the swelling may obscure the appearance. Improvements in your areas of concern will be noticed once your swelling goes down and your skin heals.

Ethnic rhinoplasty can help reduce the appearance of a bulbous nose tip. It can narrow the overall width of the nose, build and strengthen a flattened nasal bridge.

What is the recovery like?

Recovery after ethnic rhinoplasty depends upon the extent of your surgical procedure. However, your skin should be healed completely within two to four days. You are also most likely to return to normal activities within two to three weeks.

Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild pain, bruising, and swelling at the site. This is completely normal and may take up to 48 hours to resolve. You will be given anti-inflammatory medications for controlling the post-operative symptoms. Avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours following the procedure. Do not touch, rub or press the nose for about two weeks. If you wear prescription glasses, switch to contact lenses for this period.

It is important to properly follow your surgeon’s directions and advice for a quick and complete recovery. Your surgeon may also recommend the following:

  • Ice the area
  • Wear a nasal splint
  • Breathe through the nose for a few days after the procedure
  • Sleep with the head elevated
  • Eat a healthy and nutritious diet

How much does ethnic rhinoplasty cost in Sydney?

The cost of ethnic rhinoplasty depends upon the type of procedure performed. The differences in the cost of different rhinoplasty procedures are due to the specific techniques used in each procedure, the expertise required, and additional surgical costs like anaesthesia. After your initial consultation, you will get an exact quote for the ethnic rhinoplasty cost.

Call Dr Hunt’s team for an estimate or visit the Pricing Page for more information.

You may be covered by medicare if you meet the strict criteria for medical necessity and you can find out more about an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Payment plan.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is the right age for an ethnic rhinoplasty?

  • It’s only recommended to get an ethnic rhinoplasty when your nose is fully developed. This is achieved at around 18 years for males and 16 years for females. Dr Hunt will examine your nose to determine whether it has reached maturity and you are eligible for the procedure.

Should I get an ethnic rhinoplasty?

  • Ethnic rhinoplasty is a procedure that preserves your cultural identity. A one-size-fits-all concept of traditional rhinoplasty fails to preserve your ethnic identity. It does not take into account the rich assortment of facial shapes and characteristics that are present in our society. Apart from being aesthetically appropriate, ethnic rhinoplasty may also beneficial from a medical standpoint. Giving a Native American, Middle Eastern, or African American face the nose of a Caucasian may result in potential breathing issues. It may also increase the risk for multiple or revision surgeries.

Can your nose tell your ethnicity?

  • There are many views regarding the concept of the perfect nose. Plastic surgeons have analysed the ideal nose shape for women. New research claims that a perfect nose should be slightly upturned. The optimum angle of rotation at the nasal tip should be 106 degrees when measured from the lip up. Celebrities with the perfect nasal angle are Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, Scarlett Johansson, and Kate Beckinsale. The range of nose rotation for the perfect nose is 90 to 100 degrees for men and 95 to 110 degrees for women. Rotation of the nose at an angle less than 90 degrees, makes a woman’s nose look long, droopy, and masculine.
  • That being said, the perfect ethnic nose must fit your face. Your chin and nose must work well together for your face. Dr Hunt will perform an in-depth facial analysis during your ethnic rhinoplasty consultation appointment to determine the right type of nose job for you. You should avoid having the wrong nose for your face!

Can your nose tell your ethnicity?

  • A person’s nose, eyes, and mouth tell a lot about your ancestry and cultural heritage. Different ethnic groups have different internal and external nasal characteristics. The geographical origins of your ancestry determine the shape of your nose. A nose with a narrow bridge and nostrils is a genetic adaptation to a cold and dry climate. Narrow nostrils can trap and heat the air before it is inhaled. Likewise, people descending from warm and humid climates have wider nostrils. In short, there is a gradual decrease in the width of the nostril and nose in people living far away from the equator.

Can you get a subtle nose job?

  • A subtle rhinoplasty can be achieved with an ethnic rhinoplasty as it focuses on maintaining the nose structures like nasal bone, cartilage, and soft tissue in a natural position. This creates a natural contour of the nose which does not make it look artificial or surgically corrected.

Further Reading about Nose Surgery & Different Types of Noses

Medical References about Ethnic Rhinoplasty

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

dr jeremy hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has ensured that thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia have received high quality surgical care.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.