Rhinoplasty Recovery Guide 👃 - 37 - How to Perform Cold Application and How Much Time Should Be Done After Rhinoplasty?

How to Apply Cold Application to The Nose After Rhinoplasty?

How much time should be cold application done after rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty surgery, it is beneficial to perform cold application to reduce nose and facial edema. Cooling gels for cold application, ice molds placed in the glove or a more modern cold treatment system (Hilotherapy System) can be used.

In order not to adversely affect tissue healing, I recommend intermittent cold application method and time for at least 1 to 2 days after surgery. Especially in patients who underwent revision nose surgery, complicated rhinoplasty or thick-skinned rhinoplasty, the longer the expected amount of edema, the greater the chances of cold application.

Prolonged "0 degrees" or with lower temperature cold application can disrupt the tissue healing and it can increase the edema. It is more ideal to perform intermittent cold application. I am advising to apply 45 min cold application and 15 min break to the nose sides by putting ice into two disposible gloves or using cooling gels.

Why Use Cold Application?

Cold application helps in reducing swelling, numbing pain, and minimizing bruising. It constricts blood vessels, which decreases blood flow to the affected area, thereby reducing inflammation and discomfort.

Duration and Frequency of Cold Application

  1. Initial 48 Hours: This is the most critical period for swelling and pain management. Apply the cold compress for 30-45 minutes at a time, with breaks of at least 20-30 minutes between applications. Repeat this process several times a day as needed.

  2. Following Days: After the first 48 hours, the frequency can be reduced. Continue using the cold compress as needed to manage any residual swelling or discomfort, but always follow the specific advice given by your surgeon.

Additional Tips for Effective Cold Application

  • Stay Elevated: Keep your head elevated while applying the compress and while resting. This helps reduce swelling further.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help your body manage inflammation.
  • Avoid Heat: Do not apply heat to the face, as this can increase swelling and discomfort.

Proper cold application after rhinoplasty is essential for managing swelling and pain, promoting a smoother recovery. By following the steps outlined above and adhering to recommended durations, you can effectively reduce post-operative symptoms and enhance your overall healing process. Always consult with your surgeon for personalized advice and follow their post-operative care instructions closely.

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The information in this guide was prepared by Dr.Murat Enöz for patients who underwent rhinoplasty. 
You can find different opinions and suggestions from other clinics and doctors. Please take into consideration 
the recommendations of the doctors who performed your aesthetic nose surgery. Sometimes drug names given here 
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