Rhinoplasty: What to Expect After Your Surgery

If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery, you probably have a number of questions, particularly around what you can expect after your surgery.

Even though the recovery process is different for every patient, there are a few post-surgical effects that most patients will experience.

Preparing for your rhinoplasty procedure

The more prepared you are for your surgery, the better your healing process will be.

In the weeks leading up to your surgery, it’s recommended that you refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol. Patients should also stop taking aspirin, vitamins and any form of birth control as these medications can increase your risk of excessive bleeding. Your surgeon will also instruct you not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.

How much recovery time will I need?

Rhinoplasty patients will need a few months to completely recover from this procedure.

You can expect to wear a cast, splint or taping for the first 10 days after your surgery and should be prepared for the fact that you might only see final results after 6 months to 2 years. This is because small irregularities may need to be corrected during the first few months following your surgery.

What can I expect during the Rhinoplasty recovery period?

Patients of the AFAB rhinoplasty clinic in Perth can expect the following during their recovery period:

– Swelling, numbness and bruising. The severity of your bruising and swelling will depend on the rhinoplasty procedure used. Most patients can expect bruising and swelling of the nose, cheeks and eyelids for at least 2 weeks. The nose area may also be numb externally and internally for 2 weeks to 2 months.

– Breathing difficulties. Since the inside of your nose will also be swollen, you may experience congestion and breathing problems for the first week. Sleeping in an elevated position will help though.

– An urge to blow your nose. Due to the drainage, you will be very tempted to blow your nose while you recover but you should avoid doing this during the first week following your surgery. When you do eventually blow your nose, be very gentle.

Rhinoplasty recovery tips

Below are a few tips that will help speed up your recovery process:

– Go easy on the exercise. Patients should refrain from jogging or lifting any heavy weights for at least 4 weeks after their surgery. An increased heart rate will increase your blood pressure, which will disrupt the blood clots that have formed to help your nose heal. You can engage in some light physical activity 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery.

– Don’t smoke. You shouldn’t go anywhere near cigarettes or secondhand smoke for 1 month after your surgery as the nicotine can cut off the blood supply to your tissues, causing scarring and infection.

– Avoid the sun. Patients should stay out of the sun for 4 to 6 weeks and use a high SPF sunscreen for 6 months after their surgery.

– Watch those glasses. If you wear glasses, you can rest them on the cast or splint but never on the bridge of your nose. This slight pressure can lead to deformities and depressions. If possible, refrain from wearing glasses for at least 4 weeks after your surgery.

– Follow all aftercare instructions. To speed up your recovery, follow every one of your doctor’s aftercare instructions. Remember, rhinoplasty requires incisions, which means you will have wounds that can get infected, making post-care particularly important.