How Long Until Cartilage Grafts Are Stable After Rhinoplasty?

I had a revision rhinoplasty 2 weeks ago to correct a c shaped deformity on one side of my nose. My surgeon used an onlay graft of septal cartilage. My question is - how long does it take for the graft to become stable? I am very gentle with cleaning, etc. but am wondering at what point do I not have to really worry about it becoming displaced? Thank you.

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Complete healing takes up to one year. Your grafts, depending on how they were placed, should be stable in position in a few weeks. But, one again, the does not mean you are looking at final results.

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