What to Expect During Rhinoplasty Recovery

At Oldham Plastic Surgery, we will prepare you for rhinoplasty recovery, to help ensure that your surgery is as successful as it can be. Dr. Roger J. Oldham will provide specific guidelines, as well as suggestions based on your lifestyle and medical needs. The benefits of rhinoplasty surgery can be immeasurable, but making sure your recovery goes well is very important. To learn more about rhinoplasty recovery, contact our team in Bethesda, MD, for a personal consultation.  

Your Recovery Timeline

Rhinoplasty surgery typically takes two to three hours. You will need to arrange a driver to bring you to the office, stay during your procedure, and take you home afterward. Patients will undergo either open or closed rhinoplasty surgery. Open rhinoplasty is more invasive, and usually results in more swelling and bruising. 

After about six weeks of recovery, you should begin to notice the results of your rhinoplasty surgery.

The extent of your recovery will depend on many variables, including the surgical technique used, whether you are having subtle or more dramatic changes made, your physical health, and how quickly your body heals. In terms of what to expect during your recovery period, a typical timeline may resemble the following: 

The First 24 Hours: A splint will be placed on your nose immediately following your surgery, and it should remain in place for a few days to a few weeks. Patients may experience a stuffy nose, as well as bruising under the eyes, along with significant facial swelling. When lying on your back, we suggest that you keep your head elevated.  

It is important to follow the pre-operative instructions provided by Dr. Oldham for managing pain, reducing swelling, and changing your dressings. You may be prescribed a steroid medication to help speed the healing process. 

The First Week: The dressing, splint, packing, and non-dissolvable sutures will be removed during the first week. You will want to continue to elevate your head when lying on your back. Additionally, you should take short walks around your home each day to help blood flow, and help reduce swelling. 

Two to Three Weeks: Bruising and swelling should begin to diminish during this period. After about two weeks, you will likely be released by Dr. Oldham to return to work. If your job requires heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling, you will likely need three weeks off from work. After three weeks, you can usually resume light lifting and low-impact, no-contact athletic activities.

Woman before rhinoplasty surgery.Woman after rhinoplasty surgery.

Your Rhinoplasty Results

After about six weeks of recovery, you should begin to notice the results of your surgery. However, swelling and healing may not be complete for up to one year, so you will need to remain patient as your body heals.

With time, your nose should appear more balanced, and the aesthetic effects you were looking for should be more apparent.

Learn More about Recovery 

Dr. Roger J. Oldham is committed to excellence, and his extensive skills and experience can help you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals. Schedule your consultation today, to learn more about what is involved in the recovery after rhinoplasty surgery.  

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