How Long is Recovery from Rhinoplasty?
Because swelling in the nose’s soft tissues tends to reduce slower than for other body parts, it may take a few weeks to months to subside. However, your initial recovery won’t take nearly that long.
Most patients experience some pain in the first week. The swelling and bruising may appear quite dramatic, but most of it should subside in the first week or two. Tenderness across your nose and cheeks is normal for up to 2 weeks. Dr. Stein will remove any packing and stitches in the first follow-up appointment unless the stitches are the type that dissolves on their own.
After the initial 1-2 week healing period, you’ll begin to feel like yourself again, returning to work or school. Be sure to follow all post-op instructions and limit exercise until Dr. Stein advises otherwise. You may need to avoid activities with a high chance of jostling your nose, such as contact sports, for weeks or even a few months.
What Results Can I Expect after Rhinoplasty?
Your new nose shape will begin to emerge around 2-3 weeks after your rhinoplasty as the swelling subsides. While it may take up to a year for your results to be final, most patients find their nose is more balanced and appealing after the first month. At Stein Plastic Surgery, we can alleviate your insecurity, so the first thing people notice about you isn’t your nose.