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Recovering from Rhinoplasty: What to Expect

April 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_wiesman @ 1:50 pm
Woman wearing splint on her nose after rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. If you are thinking about undergoing this procedure, you probably have questions about how it will affect your life. What can you expect while you are recovering from rhinoplasty? While it is important to note that each person’s experience is unique, this blog post provides some generalized information to prepare you for the road ahead.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Here is a basic overview of the average recovery timeline:

  • The first week: During this time, you may have to wear a splint to protect your nose. Bruising, swelling, and general discomfort are common.
  • The first month: Within the first month, bruising and swelling should significantly subside. As long as your job does not involve strenuous physical activity, you should be able to go back to work within 2 – 4 weeks after your procedure.
  • Within the first year: Swelling should be largely gone within a few months of your surgery, but subtle changes in the shape of your nose may occur throughout the first 12 months following your procedure.

Support Your Body’s Healing Process

You can help your body to heal as quickly and efficiently as possible if you carefully follow your facial plastic surgeon’s post-op instructions. They may advise you to:

  • Get plenty of rest! You should avoid strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks. When you resume working out, wear a protective nose shield if you are doing anything where you might fall down or get hit by a ball.
  • Keep your head elevated and use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid blowing your nose or making facial expressions that could put pressure on your nose for at least several weeks.
  • Minimize sun exposure.
  • Do not wear glasses. Instead, use contacts until your facial plastic surgeon informs you that you can start wearing glasses again.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Eat a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients that support overall health.
  • Attend all recommended follow-up appointments with your facial plastic surgeon.

Ask for Help if You Need It

Complications after rhinoplasty are relatively rare, but if you ever suspect that something is not quite right during your recovery period, do not hesitate to contact your facial plastic surgeon. They will do all they can to address your concerns.

Recovering from rhinoplasty requires some patience, but hopefully, your beautiful new nose will be worth any inconveniences that you experience while you are healing.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Gary Wiesman is a board-certified physician who has been practicing for well over 25 years. He specializes in procedures that affect the ears, throat, and nose. He has performed countless rhinoplasties for many different types of patients. If you have questions about this surgery and what to expect from it, contact Wiesman Nasal & Sinus at 312-796-5550.

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