Its 100 degrees out, not a cloud in the sky and sunny. You need your sunglasses. You’re as blind as a mouse and you can’t see. You need your glasses. I get it.
But did you know your glasses could be harming your new nose?
Glasses and sunglasses can be worn typically 4-6 weeks after the procedure. The most imperative area that affects wearing glasses is the bridge of your nose, where glasses typically are designed to rest on. If your rhinoplasty procedure includes modification to that specific area then you especially need to be aware of the effects glasses can bring.
In some cases, where no bony work or work to the upper one third of the nose has been performed glasses may then be worn earlier. Other cases where dorsal augmentation has been performed, your glasses may need to be left at home for a longer period of time.
For some patients leaving your glasses at home might not even be an option. In this case, I would grab a friend, your wallet, and be on your way to buy some new glasses for your new nose. Look for glasses that avoid pressure on the bridge of your nose and create larger skin impressions or dimpling along the sides of your nose. Most patients who need glasses do best with smaller foot pads which rest on the sides of their nose, making it less heavy. Other patients do better with larger glasses that rest on their cheeks. Ideally, the glasses should not put excessive pressure on the bridge of the nose early on.
Another solution would be to switch to contacts. This way you can avoid the enitre “glasses problem” all together. Who knows, after 4-6 weeks and your nose is healed enough to wear you can return to wearing glasses you might decide you love your contacts and throw your glasses away for good!
If there’s anybody that understands the craziness of life, it’s me. So what do you do when there’s absolutely no time or you can’t afford to buy new glasses or switch to contacts? Then don’t. Make the glasses you already have useable. The best way for me to explain how to properly tape your glasses after your procedure would be to watch the video below. It shows an actual patient of Dr. Anil Shah’s taping her glasses after her procedure.