One of the main concerns among individuals who are planning to undergo a Rhinoplasty is how long the recovery and healing process will take along with the preparations they need to help avoid any complications. It is one aspect that a patient needs to prepare for as the recovery always varies from one patient to another.
Regarded as one of the most common and popular types of cosmetic facial surgery, Rhinoplasty is a procedure performed to reshape the nose by reducing the underlying cartilage and/or bone. Some of the reasons one may opt for this surgical procedure is when they need to get their nose corrected after an injury, when having difficulty in breathing or when they simply want to enhance the aesthetic appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty is performed to alter the size and angle of the nose, straighten the bridge, narrow the nostrils and reshape the tip.
Like any other forms of surgery, Rhinoplasty carries with it some inevitable risks which may include bleeding, breathing difficulties, infection, numbing and scarring. But there is nothing to be concerned about. It is important for patients to understand these effects and that they are part of the entire process and there are some steps they can take to make the entire recovery period more manageable.
There are a number of factors that will determine the healing time of the procedure including the amount of reshaping performed and the surgical technique your surgeon uses. Downtime may also vary, but you may be recommended by your nose surgeon to take a leave from work for one to two weeks to give enough time for the initial healing period. After this period, patients may expect for the following weeks of recovery to be a lot easier.
First Week – During the first few days following the Rhinoplasty procedure, patients are likely to experience discomfort. In fact, the first week is considered the most difficult stage of the healing process. You may encounter difficulty in breathing through your nose due to the external splint placed by the doctor. At this stage of the healing process, bruising and swelling may be greatly evident. You will be relieved from these effects after the week, once the surgeon takes off the splint.
Second Week – At this point, the redness and bruising start to fade and the nose job is not obvious. Although you may go back to work, you should stay away from lifting and other strenuous activities. Sun exposure should be avoided as your skin tends to be more sensitive.
First Month – One month into the healing period, you will begin back to normal. Swelling may still be visible internally, especially the tip of the nose but the initial results of the surgery become more apparent. You should still steer clear from any physical activity, although wearing sunglasses can be allowed after 4-weeks.
Second to the Third Month – As the week’s pass, your nose tends to be more refined and swelling continues to disappear. You are nearing the end of the healing stage so you may return into your normal routine. If you are into sports, this is not the right time to engage again in such activities.
Sixth Month to First Year – This is the period of the recovery process where your nose is healed completed, both inside and inside. The result starts to finalize. There should be no more swelling.
Rhinoplasty may affect the other area of your face such as your eyes. In some cases, there will be numbness, discoloration or swelling around the eyelids for a week or so. To reduce these effects, applying ice packs or cold compress may be necessary.
It is important to be conscious of the follow-up care following the procedure. Remember to limit your exposure to the sun and involvement in any physical activities. You should also not miss your appointments to your nursing team and be diligent in following the instructions and advice of your Surgeon.
While Rhinoplasty is considered a safe procedure, the healing process may take longer than expected. It is one of the best types of surgeries to achieve your desired shape and size of your nose. But a nose job should only be performed by an experienced, skilled and qualified facial plastic surgeon. This can guarantee you with a more pleasant result and will also help in avoiding any further complications from taking place during the recovery period.