How Long is Recovery from a Rhinoplasty?
Your rhinoplasty recovery time will depend on the techniques used during your procedure, but generally, downtime is between 1-2 weeks. Most patients experience only about 24 hours of pain, which can be managed by medication. Returning to work depends on how strenuous your job is, as extensive exercise should be avoided for up to 3 weeks post-op.
Your nose will be filled with sterile packing or splinted inside to hold its new position and shape, and you may have bandages across the bridge and under your nostrils to hold the position and protect your nose. The packing will be removed once your LPS surgeon is confident the contouring is set, typically at your 1-week follow-up appointment. You may experience bruising around your eyes and cheeks depending on the intensity of your procedure and the location of the repairs. Swelling is completely normal, though it will disguise the appearance of your outcome. This should subside within a few weeks, but it may take up to a year for the swelling to completely resolve because the nose’s soft tissues hold swelling longer than other areas of the body. The shape of your nose gradually emerges in the first few weeks as the puffiness subsides.
For greater comfort and good blood circulation, it’s best to recuperate propped on pillows to elevate your head. Comprehensive aftercare instructions will be provided, and for the first 24 hours, it would be helpful to have a loved one assist you with meals or anything else you might need. Getting up and walking around after the first day will help, but listen to your body and rest when you’re tired. Healing takes energy, and expanding it too fast can extend your recovery time.