What you need to know about a rhinoplasty recovery

The nose holds a prominent position on the face, and that’s perhaps why more people are choosing to undergo Rhinoplasty to adjust perceived flaws.  Rhinoplasty (nose job) is especially popular among teens who think their nose is unattractive in some way. However, many of them are not too concerned about the healing process. So we’re going to take a look at what are some of the important things you need to know about rhinoplasty recovery.


The open and closed methods are the two main techniques used to perform rhinoplasty. In both cases, the incisions are placed inside the nose, so that they are not visible after the operation.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

The downtime after rhinoplasty often depends on the technique used, as well as the extent of the reshaping. However, patients are generally advised to take at least one week off work, because the recovery period is very important to the final results.

After surgery patients can expect to see some swelling and bleeding, and experience dull aching. Patients are encouraged to rest with their head elevated for the first few hours, as this will help to reduce swelling.

Pain is usually minimal, but prescription medication is often required for the first 2 days after the operation. The swelling may cause congestion that persists until the swelling subsides in 2 to 3 weeks, but the nose may still look puffy. It may take several months for the puffiness to go away.

Internal dressing is usually required as well as a splint, but these are removed after about 5-7 days.

If you are interested in knowing more about rhinoplasty and what’s involved in the recovery, contact Accent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tupelo, MS. Please call 662-377-6290 to set up an appointment with Dr. Mark Craig.

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