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Rhinoplasty Recovery: What to Expect

Rhinoplasty recovery comes with a ton of questions. Although your surgeon will answer any questions you may have during your pre-op consultation, we’re here to ease your anxiety beforehand…

The Benefits of a Rhinoplasty

Considering a nose job? You’re not alone. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that rhinoplasties are the most common plastic surgery procedure for the face.

While some may consider a nose job to be strictly a cosmetic procedure, the truth is that there can be health benefits as well. Any board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to advise you if a rhinoplasty is right for your specific condition. In some cases, reshaping the nose corrects sinus problems, as well as issues with a deviated septum.

We don’t want to take away from all of the aesthetic benefits that come from having a rhinoplasty. Correcting asymmetry and enhancing facial balance and proportions can, of course, be achieved through a nose job performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Before surgery, your doctor will give you detailed post-operative instructions that should include post-op care, medication schedules and what to watch for, as far as complications or concerns. Be sure to strictly follow these directions during your rhinoplasty recovery. The post-operative care is almost just as important as the skill behind the surgery.

The surgical site will be packed/splinted on the inside and the nose will be covered with bandages on the outside after the procedure. This dressing typically needs to be kept in place for about one week. It will work to provide protection and support to your new nose shape. Your surgeon will remove the dressing and any stitches at a post-op appointment.


Will I see results right away?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that it may take up to a year for the swelling to completely subside. Many patients will begin to see a gradual change in appearance over the first few weeks. However, you won’t be able to see the final shape of your new nose until the swelling has gone down completely. This could take several months, or as we mentioned above, a year.

When can I go back to work?

We can’t necessarily answer this, as it varies from one patient to the next. However, most patients are typically able to return to work and light activity after roughly three weeks. If your job is more physically demanding, it may be longer. It is best to consult your surgeon and follow their direction.

How do I find a qualified plastic surgeon?

Read more about that here, or give us a call. Our own, Dr. Perry Liu is a highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeon. Doctor Liu is experienced in both rhinoplasty, and rhinoplasty revision.