30 Days of Recovery
Follow-up care is essential to monitor your safe healing.
We created a Self-Care Program to help you during your recovery process
Day 1 The 1st day after surgery
“Ice Packs and Hobakjeop”
The day after surgery, you will come to the hospital to change the dressing and to receive antibiotics in the case of Rhinoplasty. We will administer antibiotic shots and disinfect the area to prevent inflammation.
At this time, it is advisable to keep applying ice packs; 20 minutes of application followed by a 1 hour break.
[Hobakjeop (type of pumpkin soup) is effective to reduce swelling because it’s rich in Vitamin A. We recommend consuming 2 or 3 packs a day; we will provide our patients with hobakjeup on the day of surgery.
Tip! Be careful! Pad the ice pack with gauze to prevent your skin from turning blue or white.
Day 2 The 2nd day after surgery
“Packing removal & disinfectant”
For Rhinoplasty procedures, you will get packing removed from your nose along with a disinfectant treatment. When you go home, apply ointment to the region of sutures.
Immediately after nose job surgery, you can have a runny or bloody nose; if this occurs do not disinfect the nose excessively at home, come to the hospital to receive treatment.
Tip!Take medicine prescribed only by a doctor and consult a physician before taking additional medicine.
Day 3The 3rd day after surgery
“Reduce bruising and apply hot packs”
In addition to reducing bruises, a hot pack increases blood circulation and supplies nutrition for quick recovery.
Tip! The area may itch as it’s in the process of healing; however, excessive scratching may cause inflammation.
Day 5The 5th day after surgery
“Cautionary activities & good posture”
Do not touch the surgical region; it can cause inflammation if it is rubbed or touched. Reduce the amount of time spent reading and don’t lay face down. While sleeping, use a few pillows to create height; this will alleviate swelling.
Tip!The area may itch as it’s in the process of healing; however, excessive scratching may cause inflammation.
Day 7The 7th day after surgerygery
“Stitches removal & wearing cosmetics”
Around day 7 you will come to the hospital to have the stitches removed. At this time, it is okay to resume wearing makeup. When washing your face, dry the surgical region well and apply ointment to prevent infection. If possible, wash your hair while lying down.
Although wearing makeup is possible from a week after surgery, refrain from using mascara or eyeliner. Applying basic cosmetics such as BB cream or foundation is effective in covering incision scars.
Tip!In the case of eye surgery, be careful not to rub your eyes while removing makeup.
Day 10The 10th day after surgery
“UV protection against bruising”
From the 10th day after surgery, outdoor activities will generally increase because the swelling has gone down. However, you should be aware of Ultraviolet Rays if you have bruises following eye or nose surgery.
If bruises are directly exposed to sunlight, dark circles or spots may remain on the skin. Wear a hat to avoid sun exposure.
Tip!Be careful while wearing glasses that they don’t press against the surgical area.
Day 14The 14th day after surgery
“Secondary removal of stitches”
On the second week after surgery, all surgical tapes, splints, stitches, and stanchions are removed to allow easier alleviation of swelling. All stitches will dissolve between the first and second month, so it may feel uncomfortable during this time.
Tip!Do not remove the stitches yourself. Excessive force can cause inflammation.
Day 30The 30th day after surgery
“Consultation & sauna”
On the 30th day after surgery, the patient’s condition is examined by the surgeon’s Director. If you have any questions during this first month, phone or visit the hospital. If recovery is normal, after a month you can enjoy our sauna, swimming pool, and other public facilities.
Tip!For the first month, try to refrain from rubbing or touching your eyes or nose.