Rhinoplasty or a nose job is a common procedure that can fix a range of aesthetic and functional issues. It can help to improve shape and size as well as the overall balance of your face. When it comes to rhinoplasty, the recovery process is a journey. You need to allow yourself time to recover and heal so you can see the best results. Rhinoplasty surgery involves planning some downtime and being ready for the recovery process.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery. There are two techniques in rhinoplasty: closed and open. Rhinoplasty surgery can help with a bump, shape, and size as well as relieve breathing problems of the nasal passage. Depending on your desired results, your surgeon will advise the best technique. For more information on rhinoplasty surgery, read our quick guide on what to expect before and after rhinoplasty.
Like all surgeries, rhinoplasty has some potential risks, including:
- Bruising and swelling
- Airway issues
- Temporary loss of smell and taste
- Inadequate straightening
- Nasal septal perforation
How Long Does it take to Recover and Heal From Rhinoplasty?
It’s essential to understand the recovery and healing process after rhinoplasty surgery. That way, you can pencil in enough downtime, take any time off work and prepare yourself for a more comfortable recovery journey.
After your procedure, your surgeon will place a nasal splint on or inside your nose. Your surgeon will remove this a week after your surgery. You will feel swelling, bruising, and discomfort after your surgery. This is entirely normal. You will feel congested because of the swelling and may have a little difficulty breathing through your nose.
In the first few days, stick to a soft food diet and sleep in an elevated head position. Many patients return to work after 6 or 7 days. Although you want to rest and recover, it’s important to get moving after your surgery. A light walk around the garden or hallway is perfectly suitable.
In the second week after your surgery, the bruising and swelling are improving. You can resume normal daily activities and light exercise. The sutures will be coming out, and any nasal congestion should be gradually improving.
By this time, your nose has almost fully healed. You will continue to see improvement in the swelling. You should be able to return to exercises like jogging, swimming, and exercise. It’s a good idea to wait until 6 weeks post-op to start weight training.
At six months post-op, you should be able to see the final result. There will be a significant improvement in swelling, and you can usually resume more heavy physical activity.
After one year, the healing process is complete, and you should be able to see your new nose. The swelling should be fully gone.
The initial recovery of rhinoplasty takes around 5 to 7 days. This is the time when you feel like it impacts your day-to-day life the most. Although the healing process takes up to one year, after three to four weeks, your face will look normal, and you will feel comfortable going about your everyday life.