I am going into eleventh grade and I am VERY insecure about my nose. It has a gross dorsal hump and it looks very harsh from the sides, but normal from the front. Anyway basically I was wondering how long it took to recover from a dorsal hump correction?? If I got it done next summer (We get out in mid May and go back in early August) would it have enough time to heal over the summer and look good going into twelfth grade?
Rhinoplasty for Teens - How Long Does It Take to Recover?
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That would be perfect. Many teens either choose the summer between junior and senior year or between high school and college to have this done. Your timeline is perfect. if you have the surgery in May you'll look great by August and have little to no activity restriction. One note of caution would be to inquire if you do any varsity team sports such as volleyball or basketball where there is a higher risk of being hit in the nose. If you are involved in these you might want to consider waiting until high school graduation.
You may resume normal social activities 8-14 days after Rhinoplasty Surgery.
I read your concern. When your dressing is removed 1 week after rhinoplasty surgery, you'll be swollen and bruised, but this may be concealed with artfully placed makeup. In my practice, we color-match your foundation at the time of your pre-op visit, so bruising may be concealed and social activites may be resumed.
In my experience, 80-90% of your post-surgical swelling will be gone one month post-op. It may take a full year for all of your swelling to resolve, but this will not be noticeable to most observers.
Good luck, and choose your surgeon wisely.
Regards from NJ.
Teen Rhinoplasty Recovery
May sounds like a perfect time to have the procedure done. May is one of the busiest times of the year for us. There are lots of students (and teachers) who take advantage of the summer break to recover from surgery.
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Technique specific recovery!
Rhinoplasty recovery time depends on the type of incision (open versus closed) as well as the area manipulated.
For a person looking for a dorsal reduction with no tip work, a closed technique can yield great results with minimal downtime. The splint comes off in 5-7 days and you should see you improvement almost immediately. Residual swelling can slowly diminish over time.
The first question is have you stopped growing? Rhinoplasty should be performed after you have stopped growing as further growth after surgery can affect the final outcome. Most likely if you're going into 11th grade you have stopped growing. If you're not sure check with your primary care physician.
In some patients isolated hump removal is a good procedure. In others a more comprehensive procedure should be performed to keep your nose in aesthetic harmony. Before surgery you should discuss this with your surgeon.
Swelling after rhinoplasty can vary between patients and surgeons. it is best to discuss this issue with your surgeon as to specifics. In general most patients will have only some mild swelling, possible bruising one week after surgery and will be able to go out without others noticing that you had a procedure.
Recovery After Rhinoplasty in Teens
How long does it take to recover from nasal hump reduction?
Unfortunately, there is not a standard answer for this because it depends on the amount of hump reduction and whether any additional nasal work is done.
In the simplest case, a small hump that can be filed down, essentially full recovery takes about 3-4 weeks. Often there is no bruising, almost no discomfort and only 'social' downtime.
With large hump reductions, recovery takes up to a year. The reason for this being that the cartilage needs to be reconstructed to match the lower nasal profile and the skin needs to contract over the resulting smaller framework. Think how long it takes for a woman's abdomen to return to normal after a pregnancy.
If you are contemplating a reducton rhinoplasty, make sure that you choose someone with experience and knowledge. Done poorly, without concern for the function of the nose, reduction rhinoplasty will lead to nasal obstruction and a difficult revision surgery.
The initial recovery from rhinoplasty is 10 to 14 days to the point where you will feel comfortable in public and resume activities. After that there are gradual changes going on for 6 to 12 months. 80 to 90 percent of swelling is usually gone at 6 weeks.
Like most things, it depends...
Patients always want to know "how long the recovery is." Good question, it's just tough to answer. The nose swells quite a bit in some instances after surgery and can take months for the majority of the swelling to go down. There are many factors that affect this. One of which is what techniques are being used in the case. For you, if you have your hump removed and then have some swelling, there is a good chance that your nose will actually be smaller after surgery despite the swelling, just because the hump is gone. Practically speaking, I think you would likely feel very comfortable after 2-3 months going back to school after surgery and likely even earlier. Good luck.
Actually the recovery time from a well done Rhinoplasty is probably from 1-2 weeks where someone might notice that something was actually done. Having stated this it may take up to 6-12 months for 100% of the swelling to go away. Most of our patients resume normal activity within 2-3 weeks.