In contrast to major procedures like abdominal or chest surgery, the length of your recovery from rhinoplasty is determined by your appearance rather than your level of disability. There shouldn’t be any disruption of the main bodily functions. In reality, it pertains to a procedure done on the bone and cartilage that lie beneath your nose’s skin.
The healing process varies from person to person, as it does with any surgical surgery. Here is a broad overview of what to anticipate following a rhinoplasty treatment, as well as some advice on how to have the most enjoyable and painless recovery possible:
AFTER 3 DAYS
You will experience some swelling and mild pain at this time, which you can manage with medicines. Additionally, you can feel sick just after your treatment. This typically results from a concoction of anaesthetic side effects and blood swallowed. To reduce edoema, we urge patients to sleep on their backs with their heads propped up with pillows so they can see their hearts. Limit your physical activity and abstain from aspirin and ibuprofen. During this time, staying hydrated reduces pain and speeds up healing.
AFTER 1 WEEK
You can continue your regular daily activities, but you should still refrain from heavy lifting and intense exertion. By the end of the week, any splints or stitches should be gone. Although pain, bruising, and swelling significantly subside, it will still be challenging to discern the procedure’s outcomes thereafter.
AFTER 2 Weeks
The amount of bruising and swelling has been greatly decreased to the point that the average person would not notice it. By the middle of the second week, you’ll be relaxed enough to go back to work. Resuming light exercise is possible.
AFTER 3 WEEKS
By this point, the swelling has subsided to the point where you are content with how you appear and self-assured in all of your social contacts. Although much better than the first week, nasal blockage may still be present.
AFTER 1 MONTH
You are ok to get back to your regular (moderate) physical activities. The bridge of your nose has less swelling, but the tip is still large and poorly defined.
AFTER 3 MONTHS
The swelling has reduced by 80%, but the tip of your nose will still feel numb and rigid.
AFTER 1 YEAR
The nasal edoema has mostly subsided. The tip seems more expertly finished. Nevertheless, depending on the extent of the operation and the thickness of your skin, the final outcome could take up to two or three years. This is especially true for patients who have had revision rhinoplasty.