How long after rhinoplasty can I resume normal activity? How about scube diving?

In general, the first thing to worry about are swelling and bleeding after Rhinoplasty (nose job / nose plastic surgery / nose cosmetic surgery / rino plasty / nose shaping / nose reshaping / nose shaping). Prevention helps and avoiding blood thinners 2 weeks before and after is a prudent thing. Keeping your head elevated is important for the first 24 hours and first week if possible. Your tissues take time to heal. Based on wound strength studies, you gain 60% of your wound strength at 6 weeks, and 80% at 6 months and 88% approximately at 2 years. So you see that it starts to tailor off as you go past 6 weeks and even more at 6 months.  These are the points that I usually tell my patients so they can gauge their activity themselves. Most of the time resuming light activity at 2 weeks and increasing gradually is what I tell people only if everything proceeds as expected. Scuba diving, however, will place some pressure on your nose with the face mask. I would be very cautious about doing this for a while.  To be on the safe side I would wait at least 6 weeks if not 6 months.

Thanks for reading, Dr Young

Dr Young specializes in Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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