What Can I Expect From Rhinoplasty Recovery?

Breathe easier and look better with rhinoplasty, or what some refer to as a “nose job”. This surgical procedure can improve the appearance and function of your nose. If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty but worry about the recovery, keep reading. With a bit of preparation, your rhinoplasty recovery will likely be even easier than you think!

What Can Rhinoplasty Do for Me?

Rhinoplasty is a highly customizable procedure, designed to target your problem areas. Our goal isn’t a “cookie cutter” nose but, rather, a unique, attractive nose that blends well with your other features. Rhinoplasty can correct a variety of aesthetic and functional complaints, including:
  • Large nose
  • Small nose
  • Hump on the bridge
  • Upturned or downturned tip
  • Wide bridge
  • Wide nostrils
  • Crooked nose
  • Lack of definition in the transition between the nose and lips
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Deviated septum
  • Nasal injuries or past nasal trauma
If you’re unhappy with the appearance or function of your nose, call and schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Tehrani.

What’s Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia in our surgical center. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. After you wake up, you’ll spend another 1-2 hours in recovery. When you’re ready to return home, you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to accompany you and care for you. If needed, we can arrange for a private nurse to assist you. Most patients experience improvement each day throughout their recovery until they feel 100% back to normal. Rhinoplasty is typically a low-pain experience. We’ll provide painkillers, but most patients don’t ever need to use them. There is typically very little, if any, pain after rhinoplasty.
  • The First Few Days– Use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. Keep the head elevated.
  • A Few Days Post-Rhinoplasty– You can start wearing contacts after a few days. If you wear glasses, we’ll provide special tape so you can suspend your glasses from the forehead. It is very important that your glasses don’t rest on the nose for six weeks. If nasal packing was used, it will be taken off after a few days. This will dramatically improve your comfort.
  • One Week Later– Most patients are able to return to work and social activities after about a week. The splint is taken off at the end of the first week.
  • Resuming Sports and Exercise– You can resume strenuous exercise after three weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for six weeks.
We’ll provide detailed instructions for rhinoplasty recovery at the time of your surgery. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty, call and schedule a consultation with us at Aristocrat Plastic Surgery. Don’t let fear of recovery hold you back from the nose you’ve always wanted. Call today.
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