The Recovery Timeline After Undergoing Rhinoplasty Surgery

A woman's face seen at the three-quarter viewDr. Geoffrey Keyes has a great understanding of the nose and how it can be enhanced to improve a person's overall appearance. He has helped countless patients throughout the greater Los Angeles by performing rhinoplasty. Even a subtle rhinoplasty can have dramatic effects on the face, allowing other facial features to become more prominent and the patient's face to appear more elegant and balanced in the process.

While the rhinoplasty surgery itself is important, the recovery process is crucial for ensuring the best possible results. Let's take a moment right now to look at the recovery timeline for rhinoplasty and what patients can expect.

The Nose Is Extremely Tender and Sensitive After Rhinoplasty

One thing that's worth noting is that the nose is very tender and sensitive after undergoing a nose job. The nose is so tender, in fact, that simply wearing glasses too soon after surgery can lead to poor aesthetic results. If a patient blows his or her nose too soon after surgery, the pressure can similarly lead to poor appearance as well as surgical complications.

What to Avoid Doing After You Undergo Rhinoplasty

Because of the above considerations, patients are urged to avoid the following activities until their surgeon instructs them otherwise:

  • Wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Sneezing/blowing your nose
  • Rubbing or touching the nose
  • Strenuous physical activities
  • Swimming
  • Air travel
  • Team sports
  • Direct/prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption

What to Expect During the First Days After Rhinoplasty

During the first days after rhinoplasty, patients can expect a fair amount of fatigue, soreness, bruising, and swelling. Puffiness and bruising around the eye area and cheeks may occur as well. The discomfort can be addressed by taking pain medication as directed, and the discomfort should go down considerably after the second day.

It's important that patients get a lot of rest and that they recline with their back and head elevated. Sleeping on your side or lying with your back flat should be avoided as this can affect the recovery process.

What to Expect During the First Weeks After Rhinoplasty

By the end of the first week, you will have visited the practice for a follow-up visit to ensure that you are recovering properly and free from complications. Any casts or splints around the nose will usually be removed after five to seven days.

The majority of patients will be able to return to work and most of their normal activities after a week. By this time, major swelling should have abated, and bruising should no longer be an issue. The swelling will continue to go down as the weeks progress.

What to Expect During in the Months After Rhinoplasty

As the months progress, you will notice the swelling after surgery fade completely. Issues with tingling and numbness in the nose may persist but should be less of an issue as time goes on. The nose will still be sensitive in the months ahead, but you should be able to engage in exercise and team sports again. Be sure to wear nose protection just in case.

Schedule a Consultation for Rhinoplasty

For more information about rhinoplasty and how it can help you have a nose that looks great, be sure to contact our facial plastic surgery center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve a more ideal appearance through safe and effective care.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.