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Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline - Victoria, TX

Posted on: March 14, 2017

Rhinoplasty candidateNasal imperfections such as a large nose, a bump on the nose, or asymmetry of the nose or nostrils can be difficult to hide. However, plastic surgery does offer a solution to individuals who are unhappy with the size or shape of the nose. Plastic surgeon Brian F. Burns performs rhinoplasty to bring the nose into balance with the rest of the face, enhancing your facial features and proportions. This procedure offers overwhelmingly positive results.

Still, rhinoplasty is a serious surgical procedure, and patients need to be prepared for the lengthy recovery period that will follow. Here, patients can learn more about the typical rhinoplasty recovery timeline following treatment at our Victoria, TX practice.

One to Three Days after Surgery

The first few days of rhinoplasty recovery will be the most difficult. Although most patients do not report significant pain, there is some discomfort during these early days of recovery. The nose will be covered with an external splint, and an internal splint or packing may be placed as well. Patients will not be able to breathe through their nose at this point, and there will be significant swelling and bruising of the nose and surrounding facial features.

We advise patients to rest as much as possible during this timeframe (always being sure to keep the head slightly elevated), and to use prescribed pain medication as directed if discomfort is a problem. Although patients are encouraged to take short, frequent walks, any strenuous activities should be avoided during this initial phase of recovery, including lifting anything that weighs over five pounds.

Four to Seven Days after Surgery

During the second half of the week following rhinoplasty surgery, most patients notice a significant improvement in how they feel. Energy will return slowly and side effects will level off and gradually begin to dissipate. One of the biggest milestones of rhinoplasty recovery occurs at the end of week one, when the splint (and any packing) is removed. Swelling and bruising will still be present, but most patients can already see some initial improvement in the size and shape of the nose at this point.

One to Two Weeks after Surgery

Between one and two weeks after rhinoplasty surgery, bruises should begin to fade significantly and swelling will also decrease. Although the patient may still notice some visible side effects, they will not be as obvious to others. Most patients feel well enough to return to their usual routine, including work, during this timeframe. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting will still need to be avoided, so patients may need to return to work with restrictions, depending on their work duties.

Three to Four Weeks after Surgery

Within three to four weeks after surgery, patients often feel completely recovered. At this point, patients are usually given permission to resume a complete range of activities, including exercise. While a minimal amount of swelling may still be present at the tip of the nose, the initial results of surgery should be pretty obvious at this point.

While the majority of healing takes place during the first month following rhinoplasty, it can take up to an entire year for the full results of treatment to be achieved. Every day, the nose will become gradually more defined, scars will continue to fade, and swelling will go down. By the end of 12 months, patients will be able to fully enjoy their newly shaped nose.

Schedule an Appointment

Rhinoplasty offers patients the opportunity to improve the size and shape of the nose, which can positively affect the overall appearance of the face. If you are unhappy with your nose and would like to learn more about rhinoplasty treatment and whether you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian F. Burns at your earliest convenience.


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