Have you decided to have rhinoplasty, but you’re concerned about what to expect during recovery? That’s understandable because knowing what can arise after surgery will help you properly prepare and ensure the smoothest possible post-operative journey.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping surgery, is a procedure that is done to enhance the appearance of the nose or improve its function. This may involve changing the shape or size of the nose or correcting an injury or structural abnormality.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery that is typically performed under general anesthesia. Surgery can take anywhere from 1½ to 3 hours depending on the complexity.
What Is Recovery From Rhinoplasty Like?
Swelling and bruising of the nose, cheeks, upper lip, and the area under the eyes is normal after rhinoplasty. The swelling and bruising will persist for several weeks, but keeping the head elevated on 2-3 pillows can help to minimize it.
A splint or packing is usually placed inside the nose to protect the nose and assist the healing process. The packing in the nose will be uncomfortable and cause nasal congestion. The stuffiness will improve significantly when the packing is removed after about 5-7 days. Patients are advised to get as much rest as possible in the days following surgery, because it is a critical part of the recovery process.
Most patients can return to work about 7-10 days after rhinoplasty. Normal activities can also be resumed at this time, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
In order to achieve optimal results after rhinoplasty, patients should carefully follow the instructions of their plastic surgeon, and attend all scheduled post-operative visits.
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