2 Months Enough for Rhinoplasty Recovery?

Hi, I will be getting married within 2 months. And before that, I am planning to have a nose job done. Is the time enough to recover from swelling or pain? Please advise.

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Rhinoplasty Recovery

In 2 months the majority of the swelling will be gone, but you will still have a fair amount of swelling in the tip which will be evident in your photos. So, no it is not ideal and if you can have it before it would be better.

Having said that, there is a reason you want to have rhinoplasty and I would then say that your result would likely be better than the deformity or problem you have now, even at 2 months time.

Good luck.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Wedding 2 months after rhinoplasty

In general, while you will not yet see your "final result" at 2 moths, you will see a dramatic improvement at the 2 month point compared to your pre-rhinoplasty nose. Go for it!

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty 2 months before wedding is a bad idea

You can certainly recover from a rhinoplasty in 2months but if you develop a complication then its a different story.

You are better off not putting yourself in such a stressful situation. You might be better off waiting till after your wedding. If your nose can be improved with Restylane or Juvederm that might be a quick and safe alternative for now. That will get you through wedding photos and later you can have the rhinoplasty.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty swelling & pain


Swelling with rhinoplasty surgery occurs both on the outside and inside of the nose. It is normal to feel congested and have nasal obstruction immediately after rhinoplasty surgery. Most discomfort and swelling generally resolve with a few weeks. Patients are generally socially acceptable within 2 weeks. The final 20% of swelling takes a much longer time to resolve, up to a year or longer after surgery. Fortunately, this final nasal swelling is usually only evident to the patient and surgeon.

Rhinoplasty swelling varies greatly and is largely based on the areas of the nose treated, surgical approach (endonasal or open), skin thickness, postoperative care, and your healing ability. The more extensive the surgery, the more you will swell and the longer the swelling will last.

Generally two months is sufficient for most swelling & discomfort, if there isn't a complications. However, there is also an emotional component to postoperative healing. You already have enough to worry about regarding the wedding & all its planning. It may be appropriate to wait until afterward. Don't hesitate to speak to your plastic surgeon about any rhinoplasty swelling & aftercare.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Recovery

Normally, the early recovery requires one week for the splint and sutures to be removed. One can usually return to work in 7 days. Most of the initial swelling and bruising is gone in 2-3 weeks. However, you will see subtle changes over the next 12 to 15 months post op so one must be patient during this time of wound healing internally.


Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty 2 months before wedding.

2 months is appropriate for all of the bruising to go away but there is a good chance that you will still have swelling.  If this is acceptable to you before your wedding, then go for it!

The early results of this surgery are evident in two to three weeks and are usually quite gratifying. However, you will continue to notice an improvement in the contour and form of your nose for six to twelve months as the last remnants of the swelling disappear.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Two months for rhinoplasty recovery before wedding is acceptable

Two months is enough time to recover prior to a wedding. There will still be approximately 10% to 15% swelling left in the nose, but it is certainly socially acceptable.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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In the hands of a good surgeon, two months Rhinoplasty recovery is usually fine

Most of the swelling after Rhinoplasty goes away in the first two weeks after surgery, but some mild swelling may be seen for several months. However, your great result should already be clearly noticeable. Of course, there are no absolutes, so be sure to find someone who is an expert at rhinoplasty and does a lot of them so the procedure won't be as traumatic and the swelling usually resolves faster.

Good luck!

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Recovery

Two months after rhinoplasty you will not see the final result, but your appearance should be improved. Without seeing your nose, I am talking about an average nose with average recovery. Be sure and share your proposed timetable with your surgeon before surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Pain, yes....swelling--maybe. This is a question for the operating surgeon.

It generally takes about 1 week to 'recover" from rhinoplasty surgery. The pain after surgery lasts only a few days, and a great deal of swelling is gone after about 2 weeks. That being said, people heal differently after surgery....depending on your ethnicity and the technique the doctor used to perform your rhinoplasty. You may experience swelling of the nose (especially the tip) for 6-12 months after surgery. This is a question for your surgeon, for only they know the amount of work that needs to be done on your nose and the nature of your skin and soft tissues. You need to discuss this frankly with your physician.

Theda C. Kontis, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
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