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How Long is Recovery from a Rhinoplasty?

Do you intend to undergo rhinoplasty soon?  If so, you’re probably interested in finding out how long it typically takes to recover from the procedure.  Knowing how long you will be laid up after rhinoplasty will help you to plan for recovery and get the time you need away from work.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is a surgical procedure that is done to change the shape or size of the nose, or to resolve a functional problem. 

Nose surgery may be performed using either an open or closed approach.   Closed rhinoplasty is done entirely inside the nose, so there is minimal scarring and downtime.

How Long Is Recovery From A Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty recovery typically takes 1-2 weeks, but it will take more time for all the swelling to resolve completely.    Recovery time after rhinoplasty varies for each patient because different factors can influence healing.  Most rhinoplasty patients can return to work within 7-10 days.  

What To Expect During Recovery?

The nose will feel congested and stuffy right after rhinoplasty as a result of swelling within the nose.  Patients should avoid blowing their nose for 1-2 weeks after rhinoplasty, as this can affect healing. 

A splint is worn for about one week after surgery.  Patients can go out in public once the splint is removed, but there may still be some bruising around the nose and below the eyes. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three weeks after rhinoplasty.

Tips For Recovery After Rhinoplasty

  • Relax and get plenty of rest during the first week after surgery
  • Keep your head elevated when sleeping or relaxing
  • Avoid smoking and drinking
  • Follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon regarding post-op care

Recovery after rhinoplasty can be quick and uncomplicated if you take care of yourself and follow instructions regarding aftercare. 

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