How long is the recovery time for closed rhinoplasty without any work done to the tip?

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Recovery after close rhinoplasty without tip work is still 2 weeks because of bruising

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Thank you for your question. Although close rhinoplasty without tip work is a less complex procedure, narrowing the nasal bones causes most of the bruising during rhinoplasty. I would still plan on 2 weeks for recover from swelling and bruising.

How long is the recovery time for closed rhinoplasty without any work done to the tip?

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Swelling can take up to a year to resolve.

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Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Closed rhinoplasty recovery

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Visible swelling and bruising lasts approximately 2 weeks after closed rhinoplasty. There is still swelling and edema that is present mostly in the tip that takes upwards of a year to settle down and go away depending upon the skin type and the procedure involved. For many examples of closed rhinoplasty, please see the link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery time for closed Rhinoplasty without tip work

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It is not unusual to do a Rhinoplasty without doing any tip work. If the tip is symmetrical and small and does not need rotation then the closed Rhinoplasty is the best approach but the healing time or recovery time is no different than tip work being included. At one week most patients look presentable in public and can resume exertion all activity at 2 weeks. For all swelling to subside, it can take 3 months.

Rhinoplasty Recovery time

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The typical recovery period for any rhinoplasty is about a week. You should feel well after 3-5 days, though, and can do normal daily activities (nothing strenuous). A splint will usually stay on the outside of your nose for 5-7 days. Tip work is commonly performed at the same time as working on the bridge of your nose unless you have only a small hump to be removed.

Carey Nease, MD
Chattanooga Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Recovery

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It is rare to do only remodeling of the bony nose without doing something also to the tip since changing one will effect the other. The time it takes for recovery depends on how you define "recovery." You can get back to most activities within a few days if you did not have anything done to the septum (the vertical strut in the inside of the nose). The splint will remain on for at least a week. You will have bruising that will last 2-3 weeks, though it can be covered with camouflage make-up. Swelling will last at least 6 months before the final contour can be appreciated. If you are on of the very rare people who really does not need tip work, the swelling may resolve quicker.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

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