For reasons medical or cosmetic, you have opted for rhinoplasty recently. Or, perhaps, you’re simply considering the surgery and have yet to make your choice. In either case, it is important that you know what to expect during the recovery arm of the procedure. While rhinoplasty is incredibly common and very low in risk, it is still a surgery that can require anywhere between two and eight weeks of recovery time. When you go into the procedure knowing what to expect, recovery will be much easier and less alarming.
Immediately After Rhinoplasty
You will be placed under observation for a few hours after the completion of your surgery at your cosmetic surgery clinic. Remember: rhinoplasty is surgery and surgery can place quite a bit of strain on the human body. If all seems to be well, you will be allowed to go home that same day – but somebody else will have to drive you. Sometimes, especially in more complicated cases, hospital admission may be required for a day or two.
During the first night, you might want to have a friend or family member stay with you. The medications used during the surgery can be disorienting, so not being alone for the first night of recovery is ideal.
Depending on the nature of the surgery and your surgeon’s recommendations, you may be outfitted with a splint that goes on the nose. Splints may also be placed inside the nose. All of this is done to help your nose to retain its new shape during the healing process.
Keeping the head elevated while laying down will reduce swelling and bleeding, so this should be done throughout the entirety of the recovery process.
A Week After Rhinoplasty
A surgeon may choose to use dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches. If your stitches dissolve, you can expect to see that start to happen around seven days after your surgery. If your stitches are not the dissolving type, you will have to return to your surgeon after a week to get your stitches removed. At this time, the surgeon may decide to remove any installed splints.
After about a week, you should be able to return to work, school and other day-to-day activities. Physical exertion should be avoided for now.
A Month After Rhinoplasty
By now the bulk of the swelling should have subsided and you can really see the results of your surgery. Some bruising may still remain, but it shouldn’t be prominent anymore. You may still feel some obstruction in your nasal cavity, but this will diminish soon. Around this time you will be able to resume exercising and heavy physical activity – just like you used to do before your procedure.