How Long Does Rhinoplasty Take?
Your rhinoplasty will take place in our accredited outpatient surgery suite under the best type of anesthesia for your situation, either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your incisions are made according to the treatment plan you’ve developed with your LPS surgeon, either for open or closed rhinoplasty. The skin and structures of your nose are gently manipulated to give access for sculpting and improvement. You may have bone or cartilage removed, grafts placed to perfect the shape, and revisions made to your septum if indicated. Once your surgeon is satisfied with your nose’s appearance, the incisions will be closed, and you may have a splint and gauze packing to support your nose as it heals.
The entire procedure typically takes between 1.5 – 3 hours.
Is There Any Downtime after Rhinoplasty?
The physicians at LPS will try to perform a closed rhinoplasty as often as possible to minimize downtime and make your recovery less painful. You can expect your recovery to take 1-2 weeks, though you’ll likely feel much like your old self in a few days.
Don’t panic if you experience significant bruising around your eyes. This is completely normal. It’s essential to follow all post-op instructions, including avoiding strenuous exercise or activities that risk jostling your nose for up to 3 weeks or longer.
What Results Can I Expect from Rhinoplasty?
While you’ll likely see immediate differences in the shape of your nose once the splint is removed, it can take a few weeks for swelling to subside. Once it does, you’ll likely feel a boost in confidence and a reduction in insecurity around the shape of your nose.
It may take several months or up to a full year for your final nose shape to be apparent, but when they do, these results will last for years to come.