Having a rhinoplasty surgery performed is a big undertaking. It is a major surgery that requires careful planning and an extensive recovery period. So that you know what to expect, we have outlined the recovery process below.
The First Week
After the first week of surgery, expect to have to wear a cast over your nose. You may feel an initial stuffy, or congested, feeling that will last between 3 and 7 days. You may have to wear a gauze pad taped under your nose to catch any excess fluid draining from the surgery. Swelling will hit its peak at about three days, so expect to feel the most discomfort from the surgery at this point. If any bruising is going to occur, it usually happens within the first week. During this time, most people choose to take time away from work.
The Second Week
Usually, by the second week, the dissolvable sutures will begin to fall out of your nose. Any bruising that may have happened will start to subside during this time period as well. During this time, you will have normal functionality return and most people can return to their normal day to day activities. At this point, any incision lines that may be present can easily be covered up with makeup. If you were hoping to have your surgery in secret, it is recommended to take a full two weeks off to allow any swelling and bruising to completely disappear.
Beyond the Third Week
At this point, you can return to all normal activities including exercise. You will start to see the shape of your nose fully come to be as the swelling is greatly reduced at this point. The tip of the nose is the one area that may have some swelling remain. Over the next year, expect to see minor changes in your nose as the face readjusts to its new form and position following the surgery.
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