While many patients choose to have a rhinoplasty performed in order to improve the appearance of their nose, they should not negate the fact that the nose job is still a major surgical operation. There is a period of recovery and rest required after this procedure and the surgeon wants his patients to understand what this process will be like prior to undergoing the operation.
What is the Rhinoplasty?
The rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available today. It is designed to improve and enhance the appearance of a person’s nose, and can address many different misgivings that patients have with their own nose. The surgeon aims to provide all patients with natural-looking, personalized results from their nose job.
What will Patients Experience Immediately After the Surgery?
Immediately after the rhinoplasty operation is complete, patients will find that there is significant bruising and swelling on their face. A bandage will be covering their nose, and this bandage will not be removed for a few days. Bruising and swelling will subside significantly within the first few days. Prescription medications will be used in order to keep patients comfortable. All patients should request the help of a trusted family member and friend so that they can rest, relax and recover for several days after the surgery. All patients should keep their heads elevated at all times, in order to alleviate pressure from the nose and face.
How Long Does the Recovery Period Last?
Most patients are able to return to work and other daily obligations within 7-10 days of the operation. At this point, patients will feel more comfortable, and bruising and swelling will have almost completely subsided.
When will Patients See Their Final Results?
Patients must understand that it can take up to a year for final results to be visible. Patients should be vigilant during this time to avoid contact sports or any activities where they could injure their nose. If results are not satisfactory after one year, patients may consider a revision rhinoplasty.
Many patients find that the short recovery period after the rhinoplasty procedure is well worth the result. After this brief period of pain, discomfort and rest, patients are able to go through life with confidence in their own appearance once again. The rhinoplasty is known for its long-term results as patients are able to enjoy their new appearance for many years to come. To find out more information about the rhinoplasty procedure and the subsequent recovery process, set up your free cosmetic consultation with your local plastic surgeon.