The Rhinoplasty Healing Process

Healing from rhinoplasty is easy, but also can be long. The rhinoplasty recovery process starts almost immediately after surgery.

Following Rhinoplasty

For the rhinoplasty procedure, the patient was almost certainly under the effects of general anesthesia. This means that the first hours following surgery will be under observation in the hospital or surgery center. The patient may be shaky or nauseous as the anesthesia works its way out of the body.

The nose may start to throb during this time, and the surgeon will prescribe pain medication to ease the discomfort. Most pain will be acute on the first days following surgery, but easily managed with medication. In the weeks following surgery, the pain will fade quickly as the body heals.

At Home

Once the patient is home from the surgery, he or she will be groggy from the procedure and encouraged to rest. The nose will be filled with packing to help maintain the new shape, but it will be swollen as well from the procedure and this will cause additional discomfort. Patients should sleep in a reclining position to help the body drain away fluids and improve the recovery process.

Over the weeks following surgery, rest is critical to helping patients heal properly. After the first few days, the packing will be removed and a splint put into place to maintain the shape of the nose. That split will be in place for some time after surgery to help protect the nose and encourage healing.

After two weeks, the nose will be on its way to permanent healing. All pain will be gone although bruising and swelling may persist past that time as the body continues to heal itself. Using clever make-up techniques, most patients return to most mild, normal activities after two to three weeks of recovery.