Post-op follow up visit protocol?

I'm wondering what the protocol is for follow-up visits. I had open rhinoplasty 6 weeks ago. I was told that unless I was having a problem, there was no need for follow-up and I was dissuaded from the appointment. The doctor hasn't seen my nose--I took the cast off myself after I returned home, 8 days after the operation. Is this normal? How do I know if I'm healing correctly? This seems irresponsible to me and I would like to hear if other doctors practice in the same manner.

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