Guide To Fast Recovery After Rhinoplasty: What To Do And What Not To Do

Guide To Fast Recovery After Rhinoplasty: What To Do And What Not To Do

If you’re considering a nose job, you’re probably excited to see the results. But you’re also likely to be concerned about what happens after your surgery. How long does it take to recover from a nose job? And is there anything you can do to speed up your rhinoplasty recovery?

Here we answer your questions so you can feel more prepared for your rhinoplasty surgery, and enjoy the quickest possible recovery following your procedure.

How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?

This is the question every patient wants to ask! The truth is, every nose job is different, so rhinoplasty recovery time varies from person to person however generally we advise it takes 18 months for your nose to fully heal. It depends on a number of factors, including your own body, your skin, your nose and the exact procedure you have had. There are a number of different types of rhinoplasty, and each will have a slightly different recovery time. However, in just about all cases, your nose will be completely healed within two years after surgery.

Your surgeon will consult with you extensively before you decide to have surgery – in this consultation you will be advised how long your nose job recovery is likely to take.

How long does it take for a nose job to look normal?

Of course, the appearance of your new nose is extremely important to you – rhinoplasty is all about improving your looks as well as helping you breathe more easily. Straight away after your surgery, you can expect a lot of bruising and swelling, and your nose will be in a plaster cast. The cast is usually removed after one week, and most of the bruising and swelling will subside within the first two weeks of your nose job recovery.

How painful is nose job recovery?

Most people find that rhinoplasty surgery is less painful than they expected. You are likely to experience mild to moderate discomfort during the early stages of your rhinoplasty recovery. This can easily be controlled with regular painkillers like paracetamol or codeine. Do not take aspirin as this can prevent the blood from clotting, slowing down your rhinoplasty recovery time.

You can also use ice packs on your face to reduce discomfort and swelling, and your specialist may prescribe antibiotic tablets or ointment for your nose.

How much time off work do I need for rhinoplasty recovery?

You can’t go back to work straight away following a nose job, as you will need time to rest and recover. However, most patients are fine to go back to work after two weeks.

You may find this difficult, however, if you need glasses for work. You shouldn’t wear glasses until the bones are properly healed, usually six weeks after surgery, however it is case dependent so it’s always a good idea to check with your surgeon before wearing glasses or exercising again.

Is there anything I can do to speed up my rhinoplasty recovery time?

Yes, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself recover more quickly from nose job surgery. Your specialist will provide you with aftercare advice following your surgery – it is very important to listen to your surgeon and follow the advice you are given.

In addition, follow these tips for quicker nose job recovery:

Sleep with your head elevated

This is important for reducing swelling, but also to make sure you don’t put your nose out of place. Keep yourself elevated on several pillows – use a travel pillow if you think you’ll have trouble facing upwards. You can also sleep in a reclining chair if this is easier.

Don’t play sports

Sports such as jogging, cycling or swimming are dangerous for the first few weeks following rhinoplasty. You need to avoid these altogether for this amount of time, and instead concentrate on getting plenty of rest. After your first check up about a month after surgery your surgeon will advise when you can recommence exercise.

Don’t blow your nose

You shouldn’t blow your nose at all for the first few weeks, but preferably up to six weeks, following your surgery. It can cause nose bleeds. While you can expect some blood at first, you will speed up your rhinoplasty recovery if you don’t put any strain on your nose.

If you need to sneeze, try to sneeze through your mouth rather than your nose.

Find out more about nose job recovery

If you’re considering rhinoplasty, and would like to know more about what’s involved, please contact us. Our expert team will be happy to arrange a consultation for you.