Patients who undergo rhinoplasty are often eager to resume their normal exercise routine. Unfortunately, any maneuver that elevates blood pressure in the immediate post-operative period can result in bleeding. This risk increases when septoplasty is performed in combination with rhinoplasty.
For this reason, we recommend avoiding most exertion for about two weeks following surgery. Strenuous activities such as running, sexual activity and weight lifting should be avoided for three to four weeks following surgery.
Travel of any type following rhinoplasty can potentially complicate the post-operative course. In most cases, patients have recovered in about seven to ten days following surgery.
Air travel often involves prolonged periods of immobilization and because of this, patients may be at risk for the development of blood clots in their extremities. These blood clots, known as DVT’s, can potentially represent a life threatening phenomenon when they occur.
To avoid complications, it’s important that these issues be discussed with your plastic surgeon. This will dramatically decrease the potential for complications.