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Rhinoplasty Recovery & Downtime

If you choose to get rhinoplasty then it’s important to know what the recovery will be like and how much downtime will be required in order to properly recover. Rhinoplasty is different for everyone and the type of surgery you get will determine what your recovery is like. That being said, there are certain common side effects that most patients deal with.

Common side effects

A very common side effect that occurs immediately after surgery is a dull aching in the head and around the nose. This side effect is only temporary and usually goes very quickly. It’s uncommon for patients to experience severe pain following rhinoplasty. Pain medication is recommended for the first few days after surgery to help deal with any pain, after which time it’s usually OK to switch to mild, over-the-counter pain medication.

Another common side effect of rhinoplasty is congestion. This is caused by internal swelling in the nose. It’s worth noting that congestion is usually at its worst in the days immediately following surgery and will continue to improve as the weeks go by.

How long until final results are seen?

Because of the swelling, you won’t be able to appreciate the results of your surgery for the first few weeks. Around 3 weeks after your surgery, the swelling should have reduced considerably and at around 6-8 weeks you should be able to start noticing the finer details of your surgery as the swelling subsides even more.

Recovery advice

It’s recommended that you take a couple of weeks off work after your surgery, at least until any splints and bandages are removed. It’s important that you follow all the recovery advice that your doctor gives you if you want the healing process to be as speedy as possible.

When recovering from rhinoplasty it’s important to be aware that for the first few weeks after surgery it’s to be expected that your nose will not feel like your own. Common facial expressions such as smiling and frowning might feel strange, as well bumping or touching your nose. This is all part of the healing process however and is completely normal.

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