Recovery Process for Rhinoplasty

The recovery process for rhinoplasty mainly depends on the approach used. But downtime usually takes a week or two for both open and closed procedures. Although initial recovery is quick, healing can go on for a while. The average recovery time for this procedure is one year. Rhinoplasty involves an incision within the internal region of your nose. Your skin has to shrink to the new underlying framework. This process takes about a year or so to complete.

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What to Expect During Recovery Period

Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. You can go home on the same day as your surgery as soon as you have fully recovered from the anesthetic. You should arrange transportation home beforehand. It’s also best to have a responsible adult to accompany you overnight for support. At home, you should take a bed rest with your head elevated on two or three pillows. This is necessary to minimize swelling. Have your companion assist you for out-of-bed excursions to the bathroom. Avoid straining during a bowel movement. If you are constipated, it’s best to take a gentle laxative or stool softener.

Recovery milestones after a nose job vary in every patient. But, it generally goes as follows:

1 Week. As swelling subsides, the nasal splint or cast used to cover the outside of your nose tends to fit less tightly. A week following rhinoplasty, you can remove the nasal splint. If it gets wet, it may come off prematurely. Do not worry as it will not affect the outcome of your surgery. You can go out in public without apparent signs of surgery.

2 Weeks. During this period, the majority of the swelling on your face should have subsided. Most of the bruising should have also resolved.

3 to 4 Weeks. By this time, you can safely go back to your exercise routine, such as cardiovascular activities. These include jogging, cycling, and even swimming.

6 Weeks. After a month and a half, your bones should be stable. Wearing your glasses should not be a problem. Blowing your nose is also okay. You can also return to your resistance workouts, such as weight lifting.

3 to 6 Months. Numbness and any abnormal sensation in your nose should be gone.

1 Year. By this time, the recovery process is complete. Your nose should have healed. There should no longer be any swelling, and the new shape of your nose should be well-refined.

It is essential to listen to your doctor to speed up your recovery process. Follow the specific instructions carefully. These include information on your medications, how to prevent infection, and when your follow-up exam is. Don’t smoke, get plenty of rest, and maintain a healthy diet. Be patient, and always listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right following your surgery, talk to your doctor immediately.


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