November 24, 2021

Rhinoplasty Recovery - What to expect!

We discuss your post-surgery recovery journey and what to expect after your rhinoplasty.

Why Rhinoplasty?

Both men and women choose to have nose surgery for a variety of reasons. Many people believe that getting a nose operation is solely for cosmetic reasons, but there are additional advantages to the treatment as well.

It can aid with breathing problems, and in certain cases, reshaping the nose can help with sinus problems and a deviated septum. If you have these issues, Dr Mohaghegh will be able to address this with you in greater detail.

Of course, nose surgery can assist in achieving a variety of aesthetic goals. It can address nostril breadth and shape, bridge width, humps or depressions in the bridge, and deformed nasal tips, as well as correcting asymmetry and enhancing face balance and proportions.

Your Recovery and What to Expect

First and foremost, you should be aware that the swelling may take up to a year to diminish for the final shape of your new nose to emerge. As the tissues mend and the swelling fades, most patients will notice a subtle change in look throughout the first few weeks.

Although you will see a noticeable difference after three to four weeks, your final nose contour may take many months to materialise.

The surgical site will be packed or splinted on the inside for most rhinoplasty patients, and the nose will be wrapped with bandages on the outside to protect and maintain your new nose shape. This dressing should be left in place for one week, after which your surgeon will remove the dressing as well as any stitches.

The first week after surgery will be the most painful and swollen, and you'll probably have some bruising and discomfort on your cheeks and under your eyes for a week or two, but this will usually go away.

Your surgeon will also provide you with specific and extensive post-operative instructions. This will include post-operative care, medication schedules, and any problems to keep an eye on. Following these instructions will result in the best possible result.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to see the results straight away?

After about a month, the majority of patients observe first improvements. However, it's possible that the final form of your nose won't be fully noticeable for up to a year after surgery.

When will I be able to resume my normal routine?

Although treatment varies from patient to patient, most patients are able to return to work and light activities after three weeks. Those who work in physically demanding jobs may require a lengthier recovery period before being cleared to return to work.