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Expectations for Rhinoplasty Recovery 

By: Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh


After undergoing rhinoplasty, there are several things you can expect during the recovery process. It's important to note that each individual's experience may vary, so it's essential to follow your surgeon's specific instructions. 

Here are some general expectations:

1. Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after rhinoplasty. The amount and duration of swelling vary among individuals, but it typically peaks within the first few days after surgery and gradually subsides over the following weeks and months. Bruising may appear around the eyes and can take up to two weeks to resolve.

2. Nasal Congestion: You may experience nasal congestion and stuffiness due to swelling and the presence of internal nasal splints or packing. This congestion should improve as the swelling decreases, and any packing or splints are removed, usually within a week after surgery.

3. Pain and Discomfort: You may experience some pain, discomfort, or a sense of pressure around the nose and face after the surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort during the initial days. Most patients find that the pain subsides significantly within the first week.

4. Nasal Dressing: Your surgeon may place a nasal dressing or a splint on the outside of your nose to protect it and help maintain its new shape. This dressing is typically removed within a week after surgery.

5. Stitches Removal: If external stitches were used during the procedure, they are typically removed within 5 to 7 days following surgery. Internal dissolvable sutures do not require removal.

6. Restricted Activities: You'll need to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and contact sports for several weeks following rhinoplasty to prevent injury and minimize swelling.

7. Nasal Shape and Results: Initially, your nose may appear swollen and may not immediately reflect the final results of your surgery. It takes time for the swelling to fully subside, and the final shape and contour of your nose may take several months to become apparent.

8. Follow-up Appointments: Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress, remove any necessary packing or splints, and discuss post-operative care and instructions.

9. Emotional Adjustment:  It's not uncommon to have mixed emotions during the recovery process. It may take some time to adjust to your new appearance and see the final results. Be patient and communicate any concerns or questions with your surgeon.

Remember, every individual's recovery is unique, and it's important to consult with an expert  plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty for personalized advice and guidance throughout the process.

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Rhinoplasty surgery can provide dramatic improvements that can reshape parts of the nose to alter the appearance of your facial proportions and improve your breathing. 

If you're interested in discussing your nasal surgery options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh at FaceologyMD in Newport Beach, CA. We serve patients throughout Orange County.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.