If you’ve decided to have rhinoplasty, one aspect of surgery you’re likely to be very concern about is the recovery process. Knowing what to expect during recovery can help to ensure that you avoid complications after surgery, and achieve the best possible results. So what is recovery from rhinoplasty like?
What’s involved in rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is usually done to adjust the shape or size of the nose. The procedure is generally performed with either the closed or open technique. All the incisions for the closed technique are made inside the nostrils, but for the open technique an external incision is also made on the columella (tissue between the nostrils).
What is recovery from rhinoplasty like?
The first few days after rhinoplasty can be very uncomfortable, but pain medication is prescribed to ease any discomfort. The nose will be swollen and bruised after nose surgery, and these symptoms often extend to the area around the eyes. The bruising and swelling will start to resolve at about the 7 day mark. However, swelling will persist for several weeks, especially around the tip of the nose.
Nasal congestion is quite normal after rhinoplasty, but patients are advised not to blow their nose for the first week after surgery, as this could cause bleeding (click here to learn more).
While each patient heals differently, most patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days of rhinoplasty. However, exercising and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. The nose can take up to 12 months to fully heal after rhinoplasty.
Are you interested in rhinoplasty?
If you are in the Irvine & Orange County, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Kyle Song, MD for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Song at www.kylesongmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-4472.