Before undergoing any surgical procedure, may it be cosmetic or medical in nature, it is essential to know all the details about the surgery from start to finish. Knowing what to expect about the outcome and the dos and don’ts after the surgery is also important so that one can plan ahead and prepare. Here, we will tackle the rhinoplasty recovery time and the after-procedure condition so that readers aspiring to have beautifully enhanced nose can have an overview of what happens after the surgery.
Rhinoplasty recovery time: Immediately after the procedure
After the rhinoplasty surgery, patients typically have their noses bandaged and supported with a nasal splint. They have to wear this protective gear during the first few days. The surgeon is the one who can tell when the nasal splint can come off. One can expect that it is a bit troublesome to wear but essential as the nose’s support and protection during recovery. You can expect postsurgical symptoms of swelling, tenderness, and bruising around the nose extending to the eyes that can last up to a few weeks.
Rhinoplasty recovery time: Two to four weeks after the procedure
Little by little, you can expect that some of your postsurgical complaints begin to subside. The bruising around the nose and eyes start to lighten within a few weeks or so, and the swelling slowly fades a little more each day. Once your surgeon removes the nasal splint after at least a week, you can notice very little to no bruising around your face. Some patients who need to go back to work (with restrictions, of course!) apply concealer if they feel that the bruising is still noticeable. You may start to see the improved shape of your nose. It is still too early to know its final look though because there is still swelling and the wounds on your nose are not completely healed yet.
Rhinoplasty recovery time: A few months after the procedure
You can expect your nose to look more beautiful day after day, as the swelling gradually fades. You can appreciate the final results of the surgery by the end of the second month. Some patients may complain that the tips of their noses are numb, but don’t worry! This effect is just temporary, and the sensation on your nose will come back as your recovery progresses. Now that you look and feel better about yourself, it’s time to flaunt that beautiful face of yours with no inhibitions!
Rhinoplasty recovery time: The limitations
Your plastic surgeon recommends avoidance of all strenuous activities that could affect your surgery for the next 1-2 months. Sun exposure for the next 1-3 months is also limited to avoid sunburn.
As for your social life, you can go back to your daily activities within four to six weeks after surgery. Some patients who have excellent tolerance to pain want to go back immediately, but plastic surgeons prohibit this. Complications with your surgical wounds can be affected by hastiness, and being careless with your postsurgical condition is not helping.
A patient who wants to undergo this procedure should expect a rhinoplasty recovery time of 2 weeks off work, four to six months activity restrictions, and 1-2 years healing period. This timeframe may sound long, but remember that even if you can see the improvement of your nose during the 3rd month or so, the wounds inside your nose are still healing. Give it time to recuperate; avoid active contact sports as much as possible, and follow all the instructions your plastic surgeon gives you. This advice is the only way for you to have a perfectly enhanced nasal profile without the fuss.