How Long Is Recovery From A Rhinoplasty?

If you’re thinking about having rhinoplasty soon, you’re probably curious to find out how long it takes to recover from surgery.   Knowing how much recovery time you will need after rhinoplasty will help you plan properly, and shorten healing time. 

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, is a surgical procedure done to change the size or shape of the nose.    It also enhances the symmetry and balance of the face.  Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. 

How Long Is Recovery From A Rhinoplasty?

Recovery after rhinoplasty typically takes about 6 weeks, but this may vary from patient to patient.  The length of recovery will also be affected by the surgical technique (closed or open rhinoplasty).  

Open rhinoplasty is more invasive and therefore has a longer recovery time.    Rhinoplasty patients can generally go out in public 1-2 weeks after surgery, as most of the swelling should resolve by that time.  

What To Expect During Recovery?

It’s normal to have some swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty, so it’s essential to get plenty of rest in the first few days after surgery.   Keeping the head elevated above the level of the heart when resting will help minimize swelling.  Most of the swelling should subside within a week of surgery.

Splints and nasal dressing are worn for about 1 week after surgery.

Light exercise can be resumed 2 weeks after rhinoplasty, but strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. 

Tips To Speed Up Recovery After Rhinoplasty

  • Don’t blow your nose or sneeze
  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Follow post-op self-care instructions

Recovery after rhinoplasty won’t be the same for every patient.  It’s therefore crucial to attend all follow-up visits and contact your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns. 

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