Rhinoplasty Recovery – This is What You Can Expect

You’ve been thinking about getting a Rhinoplasty aka “Nose Job” for a long time, but one reason why you’ve been hesitant to commit is because you’re unsure of the recovery process and what it entails. It’s absolutely normal to feel nervous and experience a little anxiety about undergoing a surgery, especially if you’ve never had one before.  Hopefully after reading this blog you’ll have a better understanding of what’s expected post-Rhinoplasty and you’ll feel more confident in making a decision.

Healing Variables to Keep in Mind

Rhinoplasty surgery may involve several different objectives including narrowing the bridge, reducing the dorsal hump, refining the tip and more. How well you recover from surgery largely depends on the extent of the surgery itself as well as other factors such as your general health and how well you follow post-surgical care instructions.

Post-Rhinoplasty Week 1

During the first week of recovery, you will be wearing a protective cast on your nose. For the first 2-3 days it is not uncommon to have mild oozing from your nose and we encourage a gauze mustache dressing underneath the nostrils. You may also have some interior nasal splints in each nostril to help the healing of your nasal septum. This can make breathing out of the nose difficult.

The first week after surgery it is common to see bruising around the eyes, which peaks around day 3-4 after surgery and then diminishes over the next several days.  There is also some swelling of the nose.

Most individuals who undergo Rhinoplasty report that the pain is generally mild to moderate and lasts typically 3-5 days. It is effectively controlled with prescription pain medications your surgeon gives you.

It is imperative to have a family member or good friend help you during the period immediately after surgery. It is recommended that you rest for the first few days post-surgery and avoid work for a week if possible.

At one week post-surgery, you will return to see your surgeon so he or she can remove the cast, external stitches and internal splints.  Once the splints are removed, you’ll be able to breath much better, but your nose will still appear swollen and may have some resolving mild bruising.  You may return to work at this time.

Week 2-3

By week 3, you will notice that the swelling has decreased significantly and all bruising should have resolved by now. After 2 weeks you may start to gently blow your nose, wear glasses and do light exercise. Listen to your body. If it hurts stop. If your glasses hurt your nose then try not to wear them. Avoid advanced yoga techniques as this may cause discomfort. It is recommended to use nasal saline sprays regularly to help the inside of your nose heal as well.

Week 6

Although much of the swelling will have subsided by week 6, the nose will still continue to heal. By this time, though, the nasal airway will have healed completely from surgery and you may cautiously resume contact sports and regular exercise. Patients feel comfortable with their improved appearance to walk down the red carpet.

Follow Up Appointments

 You should continue to see your surgeon at 3 months, 6 months and one year to make sure healing is on track. At one year post-surgery, you will see the final results of your Rhinoplasty.

To learn more about Rhinoplasty, schedule a comprehensive evaluation with a qualified and experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon.


David Shamouelian, MD
Allure Aesthetic Surgery of Beverly Hills

(310) 461-3835

201 South Lasky Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212


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