Recovery and Aftercare: What to Expect After Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Rhinoplasty is the surgical altering of the nose and can be done for cosmetic or functional purposes. This process is commonly known as a “nose job” and is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries available today.

Like with all surgical procedures, the recovery and aftercare process is one of the most essential parts. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect after rhinoplasty and some rhinoplasty recovery tips.

Rhinoplasty Post-Op

The rhinoplasty recovery will look different for each person. It all depends on what work was done during the rhinoplasty.

A rhinoplasty requiring more extensive altering of cartilage and bone tissue will likely have a longer recovery than a simpler procedure. After surgery, you’ll likely experience swelling, puffiness, nose aches, a dull headache, bruising, and light bleeding.

The most intensive part of rhinoplasty recovery is usually over within two days, and most patients return to work after a week. Patients that wear glasses will have to take extra care not to have the frames against their noses.

It is recommended that you wear contact lenses instead. If contact lenses aren’t an option, it is best to tape the glasses to your forehead or have the frames rest on your cheeks instead of your nose.

Aftercare Tips

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

The best way to make your recovery faster and more comfortable is to follow your surgeon’s instructions. Your surgeon will send you home with instructions and resources to make sure your recovery process is as easy as possible.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

Your body is healing during this time and needs to refrain from strenuous activities like weight lifting, biking, and more. These activities are typically avoided for two to three weeks. However, your surgeon will assess your recovery process, and it’s important to be cleared by them before resuming any strenuous activities.

Avoid Blowing Your Nose

Your nose is healing during this time and should not be blown for up to several weeks. If you need to remove any mucus, gently wipe your nose with a soft tissue. This is to avoid damaging the sensitive tissue in your nose.

Taking the First Step

It is always best to be informed about what the recovery will look like for rhinoplasty. That’s why Dr. Ryan Frank beings every rhinoplasty with an in-depth consultation, where he will walk you through the entire process and discuss your cosmetic goals.

During this process, Dr. Frank will go over what every step of the recovery process will look like. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Frank’s office in Calgary, AB, at 403-245-1228 today for a consultation.


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