As with any medical operation, a lot of planning goes into a plastic surgery procedure like Rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job). A reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon must be found, payment options considered and desired results discussed in a personal consultation. Of course, you must also be prepared for the Rhinoplasty recovery period-—the in-between time before your full results will be realized.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline:
They say that no two noses are alike, which is one of the reasons a consultation is so important – a board-certified doctor will discuss the shape and look you’re after, evaluate your candidacy and talk to you about personal risk factors and recovery options. Depending on the amount of reconstruction you want, you may require more time for recovery than others. The information below will give you a better idea of what most patients experience after the surgery…
24-48 Hours into Rhinoplasty Recovery:
The vast majority of nose job patients are able to return home the same day as the surgery. Due to anesthesia, you will feel a little groggy or nauseous, so it’s important to have someone there to drive you home, or to your hotel. For the next few days a splint and bandages will be placed on your nose to assist the healing process, minimize bleeding and help set the bone. You will spend most of this time in bed with your head elevated. It is considered the most difficult period of recovery, as you’ll be asked to avoid any stress to the nasal area, such as sneezing or even blowing your nose. However, many people describe the feeling during this time as little more than a severe head cold. Of course, it will differ from person to person, and your doctor will provide medication to help deal with the pain.
The bruising and swelling that immediately follows a rhinoplasty procedure can understandably be tough for patients eager to see their desired results as soon as possible. Don’t worry, though. These side effects are usually at their worst on the second day, and will soon fade. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the surgery.
1-2 Weeks into Rhinoplasty Recovery:
Unless you have had very extensive bone reconstruction, most doctors remove the bandages and splint after a week or so. You should be able to return to work at this time, if your job isn’t too physically demanding. After two weeks, the swelling and bruising will have faded completely or be so little that most people won’t notice. You will still need to minimize all stress to the nasal area, so avoid physically demanding activities.
1 Month into Rhinoplasty Recovery:
While it can take many months before your nose has settled into its final shape, most people are fully recovered a month after their surgery. Now is the time that you will really be able to see the vast improvement that your new nose has made. You can resume your regular daily activities, such as working out, but your doctor might tell you not to fly for up to 8 weeks afterwards.
Personal Rhinoplasty Recovery Risks and Options:
There are a number of individual characteristics which will affect your recovery. As with any surgical procedure, each patient is unique, and may react differently to the treatment. Age is a major factor in how long it takes to heal. Unfortunately, as we get older, our body doesn’t heal as quick as when we are young. Your skin is also a factor. Some people will experience more bruising and swelling than others. Also, many people have reported peeling of the skin due to the bandages. It’s essential to go over your medical history in detail with the surgeon, as certain conditions, illnesses or medications can cause complications. Finally, your doctor will determine how much reconstruction is needed, and which Rhinoplasty technique is best for you. This has a large impact on the time it takes to recover.
Of course, you will also need to allow for time off of work, potential complications and any other side effects. Your plastic surgeon will be able to cover all of this information in more detail during your rhinoplasty consultation.
Planning Your Own Rhinoplasty Recovery:
Whether you have been seriously considering Rhinoplasty for some time or you’re ready to schedule your surgery right now, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential to answer any of your questions and prepare you for what to expect pre and post-operation. To find a reputable plastic surgeon in your area, contact us online or call us at 866.471.8873.