What Happens During a Rhinoplasty Recovery?

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

More commonly known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is performed for many reasons, not all of them cosmetic. Often, rhinoplasty is performed to help correct breathing issues, especially those associated with a deviated septum. In some cases, the procedure can alleviate sinus pain too.

People suffering from breathing issues or from chronic sinus pain should discuss their symptoms with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if rhinoplasty might be of benefit.

Many men and women choose rhinoplasty for strictly cosmetic reasons. Surgically reshaping the nose can achieve greater levels of facial symmetry, address bumps or recesses in the bridge of the nose, and even deal with oddly shaped nasal tips.

What To Expect During Recovery

Rhinoplasty is a popular and routine treatment, but it is a surgical procedure that will require a recovery period.

Pain and swelling are to be expected immediately following rhinoplasty. While the pain and discomfort subside significantly within a few weeks, it can take up to a year for the resulting swelling to disappear completely. Only then are the final results visible.

While it can take up to a year for the swelling to fully subside, most patients begin to see noticeable improvements within one to two weeks of the procedure.

Following the procedure, the patient’s nose is packed and splinted, then bandaged. A week or so later, the packing and splints are removed during the follow-up appointment, as are any stitches.

Bruising around the eyes and cheeks is to be expected, and will fade over a few weeks.

Commonly Asked Questions

How long after rhinoplasty may a patient return to their regular schedule?

Some patients may require more time than others before returning to work and other responsibilities. Usually, patients can return to work after about three weeks of recovery. If a patient’s job requires strenuous activity, the surgeon may advise waiting longer to give the nose time to heal properly.

How long after rhinoplasty will a patient begin to see results?

As mentioned earlier, it can take up to a year for the swelling to entirely subside following a rhinoplasty. That said, most patients begin to see some results after about a month of recovery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeons

When choosing a plastic surgeon, remember this is someone in whose hands you’ll be placing your health and appearance. It isn’t a decision to be made without careful consideration.

As a rule, only consider surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Only by choosing a board-certified surgeon can you be assured of receiving the quality care you deserve. Also, check if the surgeons you consider are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

If you’re considering rhinoplasty for any reason, you owe it to yourself to consult the board-certified, experienced professionals at Straith Clinic, Bingham Farms, Michigan. Call to schedule a consultation with Doctors William Sabbagh and Marissa Baca today.

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