Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline By Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. on April 04, 2021

rhinoplasty patientThe nose is the central feature of the face and can significantly impact facial symmetry. If a nose is crooked, misshaped, or out of proportion with the rest of the facial features, it may lead to feelings of dissatisfaction.

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky offers rhinoplasty to correct the size, shape, and/or structure of the nose, improve proportions, and bring aesthetic balance to the face. People who are considering a nose job often have questions about the rhinoplasty recovery timeline. Individuals in Bridgeport, CT, Fairfield, CT, Norwalk, CT, and surrounding areas who are looking to improve the appearance of their nose can learn more about the recovery process here.

Week One of Rhinoplasty Recovery

Whenever someone undergoes surgical treatment the initial phase of recovery is the most difficult. The first week of rhinoplasty recovery is the toughest because it is when discomfort and other side effects are most prevalent. 

Patients will experience some pain as a side effect of rhinoplasty, but discomfort may also stem from the splint that is placed over the nose and the surgical packing that may be placed inside the nose after treatment. Surgical splints and packing make it difficult to breathe comfortably. Additional side effects at this stage of recovery include swelling and bruising of the nose and surrounding areas.

It is important that patients rest as much as possible during the initial stage of rhinoplasty recovery. When resting, the head should be slightly elevated to minimize inflammation. Ice packs or cold compresses can also be applied as needed to ease discomfort and promote the healing of any bruises. Any additional discomfort should be easily managed through the use of pain medication.

Week Two of Rhinoplasty Recovery

At the end of the first week of rhinoplasty recovery, surgical splints and packing should be removed, which makes the second week of rhinoplasty recovery much more comfortable than the first. Bruising and swelling should also be less severe the second week following surgery. 

As side effects lessen, many individuals feel ready to return to work. As long as patients avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting, they should be able to resume their usual schedule. If light bruising remains it can be concealed with makeup, so that it is not noticeable to others.

Weeks Three to Four of Rhinoplasty Recovery

About a month after rhinoplasty surgery individuals should feel completely healed. Discomfort and bruising will be completely resolved at this point. Minimal swelling is likely to remain, but patients will start to see the initial results of surgery. Moderate physical activities should be able to be resumed at this stage of recovery.

Two to Three Months after Rhinoplasty

As the nose continues to heal, swelling will go down and the alterations made during surgery will become more noticeable. The nose will look more refined and patients will have a very good idea of what the final results of treatment will be. Patients are free to resume heavy lifting and other strenuous activities at this stage of recovery. The only activity that should be avoided is contact sports, because of the high risk of a facial injury.

Six to 12 Months after Rhinoplasty

Between six and 12 months after a rhinoplasty procedure, patients are considered fully healed. Inflammation will completely dissipate, giving patients the final results of their surgical procedure. Patients will also be cleared to resume all activities.

Learn More

If you are considering rhinoplasty and would like to learn more about the procedure, its recovery, or the results you can expect from treatment, Dr. Anya Kishinevsky would be happy to provide you with the information you need. To schedule a consultation, contact us online at your earliest convenience, or call (203) 388-9919.

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Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Anya Kishinevsky believes in a completely personalized approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery. She holds several distinctions, has repeatedly been featured on Connecticut Magazine's list of Top Docs, and is a member of the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Women's Medical Association

Learn for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Kishinevsky for their care. Schedule a consultation at our Norwalk, CT, office online or call (203) 388-9919.

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