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Nose Job Recovery Time, How Long Does Recovery Take?

How long does it take to recover from a nose job? What is a typical recovery time? What is the normal recovery time for nose surgery or job? These are some of the questions that you will find being asked all around in internet forums. If you can relate to them, then this article is for you. We’ll discuss the nose job recovery process and highlight the time it takes for the nose to heal completely so that you can make decisions about how getting a nose surgery job can fit in your calendar. Enjoy the reading.

Nose Job Recovery

Nose Job Recovery - How long does it take
How long does it take

During a nose job surgery (rhinoplasty), the surgeon separates the skin on the nose to access the bones and cartilage that typically supports the nose. The surgeon then sculpts them to the desired shape and because the incisions are normally made on the inside of the nose, there are rarely any visible incisions or scars during the recovery phase.

Although is an out-patient procedure, it is normal for the surgeon to require you to stay at the facility after the surgery for a night after which you will be able to leave home. For minor revision rhinoplasty surgeries that are aimed at making only small corrections to a patient who has undergone previous nose plastic surgeries, it may be possible to be allowed to go home right away after the surgery.

You will however have to contend with splints and bandages during the recovery phase. A splint is normally placed on the nose to support it while it recovers from the surgery. It is as well common to have some nasal packing for a few days (usually 2 days) to provide extra support to the nose during recovery.

You may as well be asked to keep your head relatively still and raised for a number of days. Full nose job recovery as to be able to resume your normal work and assume strenuous activities may take you three weeks.

It is normal for your face to feel puffy during recovery especially in the area surrounding the eyes. Being a surgery, it is to be expected that someone feels some pain but a significant number of patients reports that the pain is bearable.

After all, pain may be the last of your concern if your natural nose shape makes you self-conscious and have low self-esteem or if it make breathing difficult.

Your face is also very likely to get be bruised and swollen for a number of days (often 3 weeks or so) but cold compresses often help to reduce the swelling and pain. Pain relievers are also typically administered during the nose job recovery phase.

It is also normal to bleed during the early stages of the recovery phase and you will be required not to blow your nose for a week or so to allow the nasal tissues time to heal. It is also recommended that you stay away from any contact sport for at least 2 months.

Post-operative visits to your surgeon are a usual part of the nose job healing process. This allows the surgeon to monitor your progress and detect any problem that may possible arise early on.

How Long Is a Nose Job Recovery or How Long Is Nose  Surgery Job Recovery

Nose Job Recovery Pictures
Recovery pictures

Reading around in one of my favorite online forums, I came across the question, “How long is a nose job recovery?” The recovery phase varies from one patient to another but it is a realistic expectation that EVERY patient will be able to resume their normal activities (including work) in 2 weeks. However, stay away from any contact sporting activity for at least a couple months.

Nose Job Recovery Pictures

And here comes our favorite section. You have very likely noted our liking for pictures and there is a good reason for that; one wise man equated a picture to a thousand words and we can’t agree more. On that note here are a few nose job recovery pictures to inspire your imaginations.

Nose Job Recovery Time- Recovery Time

Before we look at nose surgery or job recovery time in more details, let us start by reiterating here that all patients have different healing and recovery rates. the majority of patients are up and about in just 2 days after surgery and are able to resume work in just a week.

Nose Job Recovery Pictures Rhinoplasty Wound Care
Rhinoplasty wound care

Most surgeons will however require you to take a couple weeks off from work in order to give your body enough time to heal and regenerate.

The recovery time can be summarized as follows:

  • First few (say 2) days: Bleeding
  • First 2 days after surgery: face feels puffy and nose aches. Nasal packing removed
  • 1 week: Splints removed
  • 3 weeks: bruising and swelling in the area around your eyes
  • First 1 month: Avoid strenuous activities
  • First 2 months: Avoid contact sporting activities

NB: It is important to note that although patient recovers from obvious signs of a nose job such as bruising and swelling in not more than 3 weeks, the nose may take as long as 1 year before all the swelling has settled down.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Dr. David  Roberts points out that the nose may like their nose more when it is still swollen only to dislike it after the swelling has fully receded. It is therefore important to be realistic with your expectations and realize that your nose’s appearance will continue to improve with time.

It is as well important to wait at least 1 year before undergoing a revision rhinoplasty. As a matter of fact, most plastic surgeons will not perform a revision nose job to patient before 1 year has elapsed since s/he had the first surgery.

Posted Comments [1]

  1. It’s interesting to know that I would be needing to keep my head still and raised during the recovery period after a nose job. Even though it’s not that noticeable and I never once was ridiculed for it, my nose actually isn’t that symmetrical and it has always bothered me ever since I first became self-conscious back in high school. This year, I intend to finally get to fix this part of me that I always had been insecure of.


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