Recovery from any type of surgical procedure — be it medical or cosmetic — can be difficult for a patient. Dr. Kevin Sadati recognizes that the recovery process is a trying time for his Orange County patients; therefore, he keeps it a priority to mentally, physically and emotionally prepare his patients for what is to come. A rhinoplasty procedure is a significant event for the face, and it takes a little bit of time for the body to recover from the operation. When patients take the time they need to rest up after the surgery, they find that they have better results.
Throughout his decade long career at his Newport Beach practice, Dr. Sadati has found that most rhinoplasty patients recover within 7 to 10 days of having the plastic surgery. Bruising and swelling are a common side effect associated with this surgery, but it only lasts a few days. Some patients may experience these symptoms more frequently than others. For instance, some patients will need to have an osteotomy done in order to achieve the results that they want. The osteotomy technique requires Dr. Sadati to break the patient’s nose before structural issues can be fixed. When this is done, the patient has more bruising and swelling. Patients who do not require this technique do not experience significant swelling. After the recovery period is over and if the patient has rested enough, the patient will be able to see the results they desired.
Dr. Sadati provides each patient with individual, custom post-surgical instructions. These instructions are created based on the type of procedure the patient will have performed and what is required during the surgery. The patient should take these instructions seriously as they are the key to optimum results. However, Dr. Sadati also offers tips for all patients to help them deal with the recovery better. Preparing for recovery starts before the surgery is even taking place as patients should not take any blood-thinning products in the two weeks prior to the operation. Products that should be avoided include ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, ginseng, garlic pills and vitamin E. Patients can take herbal supplements instead that have been known to reduce swelling, such as Bromelain. It is recommended that all patients keep a cold compress to their face for 2 days after the surgery as this not only helps reduce the impact of swelling, but it also keeps the patient comfortable.