How To Apply Ice Compresses After Rhinoplasty

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Applying ice compresses after rhinoplasty can help ease the pain the swelling. However, not everyone knows how to apply ice compresses most effectively. If you are among those who do not know how, please follow the article below for the best way of applying ice compresses after rhinoplasty.

How To Apply Ice Compresses After Rhinoplasty
How To Apply Ice Compresses After Rhinoplasty

Why should we apply ice compresses after rhinoplasty?

Applying ice or cold compresses is a popular method that can ease the pain or swell effectively on many parts of your body. The same with rhinoplasty surgery, the doctor always tells us to apply ice compresses for a few days after rhinoplasty. You may say, applying ice compresses after rhinoplasty is irreplaceable.

According to researches, applying ice or cold compresses can ease the pain, swell, bruises 70% more effectively than normal.

How to apply ice compresses effectively after rhinoplasty

Applying ice compresses is a simple task for anyone because you do not have to prepare much and you can do it at home.

However, lots of people have done wrong because the cosmetic center did not instruct them how to apply ice and even how to do self-care after rhinoplasty, which causes risks or complications. Therefore, you must have rhinoplasty at a prestigious cosmetic facility.

How To Apply Ice Compresses After Rhinoplasty to Ease Swelling
How To Apply Ice Compresses After Rhinoplasty to Ease Swelling

The following section contains detailed instruction on how to apply ice compresses effectively:

Preparation:

Clean marble ice (avoid using broken ice that can damage the nose), specialized ice bag, or use a plastic bag, cloth bag, vaseline gel.

Procedure:

  • Step 1: Pour ice cubes into the ice bag, you can use a plastic bag covered in a thin cloth piece.
  • Bước 2: Apply vaseline gel on the nose skin. This step is for preventing damages to the nose skin and frostbite.
  • Step 3: Place a thin cloth piece or a paper tissue on your nose to reduce damages to the nose skin.
  • Step 4: Slowly place the ice bag on the surrounding areas instead of placing it directly on your nose. Slowly move the ice bag and avoid scratching your skin.

(*) Notes: While you are applying ice compresses, if your nose becomes red and burned, stop and consult your doctor immediately for solutions.

How many times a day should we apply ice compresses after rhinoplasty?

According to doctors, you should apply ice compresses 3 – 4 times a day, each time lasts for around 5 minutes, and breaks for 20 minutes before another.

Why should we apply ice compresses instead of applying warm compresses?

Doctors recommend that, within 48 hours (2 days) after surgery, we absolutely must not use heating methods such as hot compresses, heating, using heating lamps, … in the surgical area. Heating will worsen the wound.

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For this reason, applying ice or cold compresses 2-3 days after surgery is an effective measure and is prescribed by doctors instead of applying hot or warm compresses. The hot compress should only be done 3-4 days after rhinoplasty when the swelling has subsided.

Common mistakes when applying ice compresses after rhinoplasty

Because of the lack of thorough post-operative care instructions, many people make some common mistakes when applying ice compresses. These mistakes can bring unwanted risks that affect the recovery process of the nose.

The common mistakes are as follow:

Let your nose contact with water

After rhinoplasty, it is necessary to limit the contact of the nose with water. Improper application of ice compresses will let the nose skin contact with cold water. This mistake increases the risk of a nose infection that greatly affects the healing process of the nose.

You should not let your nose contact with water
You should not let your nose contact with water

Apply ice directly to your nose

Applying ice directly to your nose skin is a very serious mistake. Applying ice directly can cause frostbite. Moreover, your nose skin may contact with many harmful bacteria.

In addition, many people just wrap the ice with a thin layer of plastic bags. This cannot control the cold, so the risk of frostbite is extremely high, plastic bags cannot guarantee the best hygiene during the process.

Apply ice too many times

You should apply ice 3  – 4 times a day, each time should only last 5 minutes and more than 20 minutes of break. But many people overuse this method, which causes the nose to face the risk of skin irritation, frostbite, etc., and negative effects on the recovery process of the nose.

Customers of Gangwhoo Cosmetic Hospital share how to apply ice compresses after rhinoplasty

  • N.T.M.T shared: “I only apply it around the nose, not directly on the nose. I applied ice for the first 2 days only. I applied it 3 times a day, not more. The result was great.”
  • L.T.T.H shared: “I applied ice compress within 3 days after rhinoplasty, I noticed a great reduction in swelling and bruising. I apply 4 times a day: morning, noon, afternoon, evening. Just a few minutes at a time.”

Above are all instructions on how to apply ice after rhinoplasty to help the nose quickly reduce swelling and recover. We hope you’ve had enough useful information about taking care of your nose after rhinoplasty.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or contact our Hotline: 0901 666 879 of Gangwhoo Cosmetic Hospital.

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