Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Nose Job Recovery

A nose job is an excellent beginning for a patient seeking a dramatic change in appearance. Through a nose job, the patient can restructure her face and highlight her most desirable features. The benefits of a nose job don’t appear until some weeks after the actual procedure takes place.

Initial Recovery from a Nose Job 

Immediately after the rhinoplasty surgery, the patient will experience grogginess and possibly shaking as the anesthesia begins to wear off.

Once the anesthesia effects are over, the patient will be allowed to return home in order to complete the healing process. Initially the patent may experience discomfort due to the surgery, often including the breakage of the bone inside the bridge of the nose. The packing left in the nose following surgery can cause great discomfort as well for many patients. In an attempt to manage any discomfort the surgeon will prescribe a pain killer as well as an antibiotic to the patient. The antibiotic will help to prevent any infection that may occur after the surgery.

The uncomfortable packing materials will stay in the nasal cavities for several days to support the initial healing by holding the new shape of the nose. The packing will be removed at the first doctor’s visit following the surgery.

Long Term Recovery from a Nose Job

While bleeding from the nose is a common side effect of the procedure in the first few days, the bleeding will stop quickly. The remaining time of the recovery will include mild discomfort as the nose heals as well as some swelling and bruising. The swelling and bruising will diminish over time and be gone completely in the six to eight weeks following surgery. In some cases, swelling can last as long as three to four months after surgery, but the residual swelling is barely noticeable.

For the first weeks following the nose job, the surgeon will place the patient on some restrictions to avoid intense activities and especially sports where there may be injuries to the face. This restriction will lift in four to six weeks following surgery or when the surgeon feels the nose is sufficiently healed for the patient to return to normal. The patient will be released to return to work in the days immediately following the procedure in most cases.


Rhinoplasty Overview

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a common cosmetic surgery procedure. The term nose job actually covers many different procedures that can all be performed on the nose in a single setting. Among these, many patients ask surgeons to reshape the nose by removing bone from the bridge or to widen or narrow the nose by clipping the cartilage at the tip or along the sides. Rhinoplasty can also include procedures to be performed on the inside of the nose to repair a deviated septum.

Rhinoplasty surgery

In a rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will use a general anesthetic so that the patient is comfortable during the surgery. As often as possible the surgeon will work inside the nose so that all incisions and scars are hidden inside the nasal cavities or in the natural creases of the nose. In a modern rhinoplasty scarring is minimal.

Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon will select his tools based on the requirements of the surgery. If the nose requires the bone to be reshaped, the surgeon may use a special tool to break the nose before it is chiseled and reshaped. Other procedures are less drastic as cutting cartilage and realigning the septum, the membrane between the nostrils, do not require any damage to the bone itself.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Following the surgery, the doctor will pack the patient’s nose with gauze. This dense packing supports the nose’s new shape as the healing process begins. The packing will stay in place for two to three days before it is removed. Bruising and swelling are normal and will diminish over the four to six weeks after the procedure. The patient may be placed on restrictions in the first weeks following surgery, but he can expect to be fully healed in six to ten weeks, although moderate activities will resume far earlier.