How Long is Recovery from Rhinoplasty?
Your initial recovery from rhinoplasty may last around a week when Dr. Stein removes the stint. Dr. Stein will apply a stint or cast for a week to protect your nose while it heals. Most patients may return to work after Dr. Stein removes the stint.
You may experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness for one to two weeks. Most discomfort during recovery can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Complete recovery, however, takes up to a year.
What Not to Do After Rhinoplasty
Recovery from rhinoplasty is as essential as the procedure itself. Most post-operation recommendations are to help reduce inflammation and prevent any unwanted adjustments.
One of the essential parts of recovery is to avoid any rigorous exercise, including but not limited to contact sports, running, working out, or anything involving jumping or jarring movement. These activities can cause movement of your nasal bones and soft tissues, causing changes to your results.
At Stein Plastic Surgery, we also recommend not wearing glasses or sunglasses during recovery. These can cause alterations to your soft tissue swelling during the healing process. It would be best if you also did not blow your nose. It will feel stuffy, similar to a bad cold, but blowing your nose can cause a nosebleed or increase bruising.
We also do not recommend icing your nose after 48 hours. For a couple of days, it can help minimize swelling, but you want the blood to flow to your nose to help the healing process. Instead, sleeping on your back with your head elevated can help with the inflammation.
Lastly, avoid direct sun exposure. Wear hats and sunscreen, and remain in the shade to prevent inflammation from the direct sunlight.