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How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty?

How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty is undoubtedly one of the surgical interventions where you can experience the biggest change in terms of physically. There is a recovery period for rhinoplasty. So, patients are genereally asking How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty? In this article, we will talk about the month by month process for Rhinoplasty which lasts up to 1 year.

Just Before The Rhinoplasty: Detailed Examination

After detailed research, you find the best plastic surgeon for yourself and meet to have a rhinoplasty because of your aesthetical and functional problems. You are going to have a detailed examination. During the detailed examination, simulations are performed along with the other examinations and in line with the patient’s expectations a surgical planning is performed. Until the date of surgery, blood tests, talking with the anesthesiologist and other remaining procedures are completed. Finally, you will be ready for the surgery.

The Rhinoplasty Operation: The Big Day

Rhinoplasty operation takes 1-4 hours depending on the structure of your nose and the surgical plan. As the patient is put to sleep, awakened and recovered by the anesthesia team, the time to be transferred to the room may be longer. At the end of the surgery, silicon tampons can be placed inside the nose, as well as the covering procedures such as bandages and plaster (cast) outside your nose.

7 Days After Rhinoplasty: Cast Removal Day

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  • Do not worry that there is some swelling and color change at the nose, eyes and upper lip after the dressings are removed. This is a natural thing and usually disappears within 2-3 weeks. Although the swelling will disappear significantly in 2-3 weeks, it will take at least a few months to fully recover after rhinoplasty.
  • After removing the bandage or plaster on your nose, the skin on your nose can be gently cleaned with a mild soap or Vaseline based skin care lotions. During cleaning the nose should be treated gently and carefully.
  • Makeup can be applied after removing the cast.
  • You should avoid long conversations and excessive facial movements such as laughter first 10-14 days after nose surgery.
  • You should rest more than usual. You should avoid activities that require spending power, such as sexual intercourse, for 15 days.
  • Wear clothes buttoned up from the front or back for 2 weeks after the nose surgery. You should stay away from t-shirts or turtle neck sweaters that may be narrow over the head.
  • Reducing salt consumption in the 1 month period after the surgery will shorten the time that your swelling will subside from the body.
  • You should not consume caffeine, fizzy drinks and herbal teas in the 1 month period after the operation.
  • You can swim 1 month after surgery.

2 Months After Rhinoplasty: Renewal Period

  • You should protect your facial area with a 50-factor sunscreen to prevent your bruises from becoming permanent after the surgery. (8-12 weeks)
  • Our patients who had surgery for the first time should stay away from sun and sun bath for 8 weeks and patients who had revision surgery for 12 weeks.
  • You should not wear prescription glasses or sunglasses for at least 8 weeks.
  • You should stay away from sports such as yoga, pilates and fitness for 8-10 weeks.

1 Year After Rhinoplasty: The New Beginning

How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty? How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty? How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty?

After the rhinoplasty month by month change process is completed 1 year in average. Most of your swelling on the face seen on the day of the cast removal disappears after 2-3 weeks. 80% of your swelling in the nose is distributed in 2 months. The remaining swellings spread over 1 year. However, it should not be forgotten that every blow taken during the healing process and cigarette-hookah use negatively affects and prolongs the recovery process.

Recommendations for a faster recover from a rhinoplasty:

  • After nose surgery blowing, pushing, coughing, bending down, lifting or carrying a heavy load may increase your risk of bleeding. Until you are told, you should avoid doing these movements.
  • You should avoid eating foods that require effort, strength and long chewing after your surgery until allowed. (For example, avoid eating apples and carrots by biting.)
  • You can wear contact lenses 2-3 days after the operation.
  • The nose plaster (cast) will remain on the nose for 5-10 days and will be removed by your doctor. You should never manipulate with the cast. After this time, the cast is removed and you see your new nose for the first time.
  • You can wash your face with cold water. Wetting your cast with hot water will damage it.

Questions About Nose Job

In this blog, we aimed to answer How long does it take to recover from a rhinoplasty? Above pictures and videos may help you out to answer this question visually. If you have any further questions or want to get more information, you may reach TAŞ Aesthetic Surgery Clinic.

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14 Comments
Laila Saad El-din 18 May 2020
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Hello Dr. Suleyman TAS, I would like to ask you if there is any difficulties with people who have done rhinoplasty in smelling and tasting the food?
Donna 9 May 2020
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Hi, are there any packages for foreigners? Also, if I'm shortsighted and you cannot wear contact lenses for 3 days and no glasses for a while longer, how am I supposed to see?
Hirad 22 April 2020
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Hello Doctor Tas, I am impressed by your natural results. However, I am terrified of general anesthesia, is there any possibility of performing my nose surgery under local anesthesia?
M.Z. 22 April 2020
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When is it safe attending sauna or jacuzzi after rhinoplasty?
Elif 21 April 2020
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Are there any recommendations for speeding up the recovery process in the early postoperative period?
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