Are 2 Weeks Enough to Heal from Rhinoplasty?

I am planning a nose surgery to reshape the tip of my nose. I have a 2-week vacation. I do not want people to know about it. Will I heal properly to resume my work 2 weeks after surgery? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 12

Two weeks is typically enough to heal from rhinoplasty

Two weeks is an acceptable timeframe to take off from work to undergo a rhinoplasty surgery. On a very rare occasion there are some bruises that can last longer than two weeks, but that is highly unusual. Full healing on the nose will take a year. If there is some minor swelling, that will subside over time. This will not be noticeable to the casual observer at two weeks post rhinoplasty.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty; Is Two Weeks Enough Time to Keep Coworkers in the Dark About Why Ad Nose is Different?

Hi Aditii,

You should have enough time if you are able to use the full two weeks after your tiplasty. It sounds like you are having subtle changes.

If any more than just subtle changes, start thinking of the stories for your suspicious co-workers. Things like...."I was walking the dogs when a bitch in heat walked by, they took off, the leashes wrapped around my legs and I landed on my nose", "hit by a ball in the company softball game (actually won't work with your co-workers), or other creative stories that you think of.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Probably enough time


Thank you for your question.

You should be ok within two weeks. If you just have the tip of your nose done, there should be minimal bruising and swelling that should clear up within two weeks. Ultimately it does take 6 weeks for about 85-90% of the swelling to be gone with the rest taking 6-12 months to disappear completely.

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Healing after Rhinoplasty

You will be aware of swelling two weeks after, but this will not  be seen by others. Bruising of your skin is very unlikely. Remember that the appearance of your tip will continue to improve for many months after surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Post-op rhinoplasty

2 weeks should be enough time for you to recuperate from the rhinoplasty.  You definitely will have some swelling. Usually the bruising goes away by two weeks, but you still may have some for up to 3 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty recovery of 2 weeks is plenty of time

Especially if you are only having the tip of your nose operated on, 2 weeks is plenty of time to take off.

Understand that from a medical standpoint you could probably return to a desk job in 1 or 2 days. However, if you wish to be discrete then it's your personal choice to take off more time. Even for a complete rhinoplasty most of my patients return to work in 7 to 10 days.

Discuss these concerns with your surgeon who may be able to better advise you taking into the account of the exact extent of your planned surgery.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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In two weeks, you should good after Rhinoplasty

Remember that it takes time for Mother Nature to shrink the tissues of the tip. After the cartilage has been sculpted, it takes time for the skin covering the newly fashioned tip cartilage to conform.

While the nose should look very decent at two weeks, as it ripens it gets even better. Noses can undergo subtle changes over a period of one year.

Robert Kotler, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Yes it should.

 Especially if all that is being done is the tip, you should look fine in a week. There is very little bruising with tip surgery.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Two weeks should be plenty of time to heal / recover from a rhinoplasty. Depending on the procedure you are having, you have some residual swelling and / or bruising which can be covered with make-up. However, the swelling and bruising should be resolved in plenty of time. Good luck with your recovery.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Tip Rhinoplasty

It sounds as though you are getting a tip rhinoplasty, that is just work on the cartilaginous portion of the tip to modify it. You should be well healed and ready to resume work at two weeks (many people do so sooner as long as it is not overly strenuous work or risks trauma to the nasal region). However, you should know that you may have residual, but mild edema or swelling for several weeks. It is not usually very noticeable except to you but the final results of your tip rhinoplasty with scar maturation may take up 3-6 months to see. With a bony component to the rhinoplasty you may be looking at a longer time frame for resumption of activities and resolution of bruising, although that is easy to cover with makeup.

Theodore Katz, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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