Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline

Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline

Almost all surgeries, including rhinoplasty, require recovery time, although everyone has a different schedule. We’ll talk about how long it takes for the average person to recover from rhinoplasty so you have a general idea of what to expect.

Initially, recovering usually takes a week (about 7 days after surgery). This is your time off from work (or school), so you should try to rest as much as you can, sleep with your head propped up, freeze your nose, and watch too much TV. Patients are often thrilled with the results by week’s end, or perhaps week two.

Facts About the Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Usually, there is little to no pain to cope with right away. Yes, soreness, bruising, and swelling. The majority of the soreness often goes away with the removal of the stitches and packing (if any) after the first week.

Your intermediate recovery period lasts for approximately one to three months after rhinoplasty. Your nose looks better and healthier every day, yet the swelling still exists. The majority of your outcomes are starting to become apparent at this point. It’s possible that untrained spectators won’t recognize your rhinoplasty.

Good preparation can speed your recovery

You should have received your rhinoplasty pre-surgery and recovery instructions from your surgeon and had the specifics outlined well before the actual operation day. You’ve chosen a friend who has volunteered to pick you up from the hospital, drive you home after surgery, and stay with you the first day and night. Your instructions might look something like this:

Some prescription or over-the-counter medications, particularly those that could lead to excessive bleeding, such as vitamin E, fish oil, and aspirin, may have been advised against. If your surgeon hasn’t told you to, don’t skip any of your regular prescription drugs.

Surgery Day

On the day of surgery, recuperation starts as soon as you are taken to the recovery area. You will be gently roused from the anesthetic there. Later on, you might not recall these first moments following surgery. You’ll wear a nasal splint while being wrapped. The packing in your nose can be there.

If packing is not required, you will have an attractive drip pad taped below your nostrils to catch any blood that may emerge on your first night following rhinoplasty. As the recuperation period after your rhinoplasty starts, you’ll experience some pressure around your nose and sinus congestion. If necessary, after your surgical pain medications wear off, you can take painkillers at home if necessary. Frozen peas can be used to reduce edema and relieve pressure.

2-3 Days after Rhinoplasty

You’re in what we refer to as the “uncomfortable” part of the healing process for rhinoplasty, the first few days. You could not be inhaling via your nose right now, and it’s likely that you aren’t smelling anything. In case you need to call your surgeon for anything, you should keep your phone next to your recliner.

Even though they are typically not painful, these two days can be dreadful. Most patients score their pain as 3 to 4 on a scale of 10. Use your prescription to treat any pain as necessary. You might be experiencing nausea. You may have trouble falling asleep if you mouth breathe. You’ll feel better if you follow the post-surgery guidelines for nasal irrigation.

End of Week 1

By the end of the first week, the nasal splint and stitches are routinely removed. Even though there will still be some swelling, you can now more clearly picture how your nose will look. After a week, the majority of patients go back to work, but they avoid intense activity.

It’s crucial to minimize your exposure to the sun at this time, either by donning a hat or by staying out of the sun for at least two months.

2 weeks after rhinoplasty.

At ten days following your rhinoplasty, at this time next week, bruises should have significantly lessened. Swelling and bruising usually disappear in another week or less, making them invisible to the untrained eye. Around day eight, you can go back to work or school, while some patients are advised to take two weeks off for healing from rhinoplasty.

3-4 Weeks after Rhinoplasty

You can anticipate returning to your regular exercise and activity levels between weeks three and four, albeit with a moderate intensity. You should avoid playing contact sports and engaging in really demanding exercise for at least another month. You can return to sports sooner if you’re willing to put on a mask for protection. Constantly consult your surgeon. Your swelling has mostly subsided by this point, with the tip taking the longest time to go down. As the days go by, you’ll notice your nose getting more refined.

2-3 Months after Rhinoplasty

Any swelling on the bridge of the nose should have entirely gone down by this point. The tip of your nose can still be a little numb. This is typical, and the sensation will eventually return. An open surgery scar will start to disappear.

One year after rhinoplasty

With the exception of the altered shape or symmetry of the nose,  rhinoplasty swelling totally goes away after a year and there are no visible indications that rhinoplasty treatmentssurgery was performed. Because every patient is unique, healing times cannot be guaranteed. Call your plastic surgeon if you are worried about how long it is taking for the swelling to go down.


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    William Portuese MD
    Joseph Shvidler MD

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