How Long Is Rhinoplasty Recovery?A nose job is a difficult procedure, which often involves manipulation of the nasal bones and ligaments. Right after the procedure, your nose will be patched up to fixate your new shape and collect any liquids coming out of your nostrils. While every individual case will be slightly different, here’s an approximate timeline for your recovery:
Week 1The first week is always the hardest:
- You won’t be able to blow your nose
- Breathing only through your mouth
- Your nose will be covered with an external splint
- Significant swelling and bruising is expected
Week 2After 5-7 days:
- Your doctor will likely remove the splint and the patches
- The swelling and bruising begins to fade, to a point where it’s barely noticeable
- Expect increased skin sensitivity in the nose area (sunlight exposure should be limited)
Months 1-330 days after the procedure is usually the threshold when most patients start feeling and looking fully recovered after the procedure:
- The swelling and bruising is almost fully gone
- You’ll be able to start wearing sunglasses again
- Your final rhinoplasty results will start surfacing
Why Do Women Get Nose Jobs?Basically, there are two groups of reasons why women go for nose corrections: aesthetic and medical. Often times, it’s a combination of both.
Medical Reasons for RhinoplastyThere are a number of health-related issues that rhinoplasty can solve:
- Injury. Did you know that the nose is the most frequently broken bone in the head? While an unfortunate street fight or a bad hit during a boxing match can result in a fracture, it is far from being the only cause for a broken nose. Nasal injuries usually surface as extreme pain, excessive nose bleeding, difficulty breathing through the nose, and dark bruises around the eyes.
- Birth defects. Some nasal deformations haunt people from birth. While usually parents opt to fix these within 3-6 months after the birth of the child, in less severe cases, people choose to live out their lives without addressing the issue. Luckily, rhinoplasty can easily fix inborn defects such as cleft palates.
- Breathing problems. One of the most common medical issues people request rhinoplasty is because they have trouble breathing through both nostrils. Usually this issue occurs as a result of a collapsed nasal septum—the divider inside your nose, so to speak. In plain English, if the nasal septum collapses, you’ll have a hard time breathing through one of your nostrils. Unlike a cold, this condition won’t go away on its own.
Cosmetic Reasons for RhinoplastyNaturally, aesthetics play a major role in reasoning behind rhinoplasty. The nose is one of the most visible facial features, and it contributes to one’s overall looks. There are no fixed rules on what type of nose is considered beautiful. The beauty of the nose is directly tied to your other facial features. When our patients request nose jobs, we help them arrive at a solution that would complement their facial features the best. That being said, most frequently patients request rhinoplasty because:
- They want a change in the size of the nose (bigger, smaller)
- They want a change in the angle (more pointy, more dull)
- They want it to be more straight (fix the “crooked” appearance)
- They want their nasal tip reshaped (make it point more upwards or downwards)
- They want to change their nostrils (make them look bigger or smaller)
What Actually Happens Before, During and After the Procedure?Proper planning and modelling of the desired outcome is probably the most important part of the procedure. Our goal here at Aristocrat is the satisfaction of our patients. To achieve that, we employ a number of instruments to make sure we’re on the same page with the patient:
- First of all, it is our job to hear our patients out, and truly listen to what bothers them about their current shape of the nose. We investigate both aesthetic and medical aspects of a potential procedures, and make sure the patient is signing up for a procedure they truly want.
- Only then we begin 3D modelling to illustrate how the potential new nose shape would look after the procedure. 3D images help our surgeon and his patients equalize the expectations.