If you are ready to get a nose job, knowing what to expect during healing can help you mentally prepare for surgery. Consequently, one of the first questions patients ask their plastic surgery about rhinoplasty is – what is the recovery like for a rhinoplasty.
What is rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a procedure that is done to adjust the size or appearance of the nose (read more).
What is the Recovery Like for a Rhinoplasty?
First of all, patients should be aware that everyone heals differently, and the healing process varies depending on the surgical technique used, and extent of the operation.
After rhinoplasty, most patients need 7-10 days off work to get through the initial healing period, as the first week after surgery is usually the most difficult. Patients feel uncomfortable during this period, due to the swelling and bruising and the internal splint in the nostrils.
Once the splint and bandages are removed after about one week, patients feel a lot more comfortable, and are normally ‘public ready’. The nose will still be somewhat swollen and bruised after the initial recovery period is over, but healing will become easier. However strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Patients are advised to get clearance from their plastic surgeon before resuming their normal workout routine.
Most of the swelling after rhinoplasty should resolve around the 6 week mark, so patients will be able to better appreciate their new nose.
Interested in rhinoplasty? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the central Florida area, Lakemont Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Winter Park, FL is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.scottgreenbergmd.com, or by calling (407) 410-4861.