How Will Nose Look 6 Weeks After An Open Rhinoplasty?

Hi, How well will my nose look 6 weeks after an open rhinopaslty? I have a planned trip to Europe that I can not postpone. Will the surgery be noticeable among new people I meet? What should be my expections 6 weeks after surgery? Thank you.

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Nasal appearance 6 weeks after open rhinoplasty

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You will do great.  It takes about 3 weeks for the nose to start looking natural again to the average observer.  Regardless of the amount of work done.  if it's a revisional surgery then about 6 weeks for that effect.  But keep in mind a few things... it will take a full year to heal and you will certainly feel that it is still different in that time frame.  But for young and healthy patients, 3 weeks is about average.  Make sure to bring an SPF of 50 or higher for the small columellar incision during your trip and have a blast in Europe!

Scottsdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Appearance after 6 weeks

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It all depends on what you'll be having done. If the surgery is minor, then you may find swelling and bruising at a minimum and get away with your surgery being undetected. However, it is not uncommon for swelling and bruising to still be prominent at 6 weeks. Follow your surgeon's care instructions to help expedite your recovery.


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After 6 weeks you should look fine to most people.  Your final result will not be completed but usually you or your surgeon will appreciate this over time.  At any given point your nose should look "normal" if the surgery goes well.  I hope this info helps.

Ronald H. Stefani Jr, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Appearance 6 Weeks after Open Rhinoplasty

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You will look good 6 weeks after open rhinoplasty; new acquaintances will not know you have had recent surgery. Having said that your nose will continue to improve for about a year. Have your rhinoplasty and enjoy the trip to Europe. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Appearance of nose 6 weeks postoperatively should be more than acceptable

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Much though not all of the nasal swelling will have subsided by 6 weeks after a rhinoplasty so don't worry. The scar may still be slightly red however. Understand that the appearance of your nose at 6 weeks is not the final result which actually can take up to a year or more to see.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Noses look great by six weeks after rhinoplasty

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By four weeks after rhinoplasty, we allow full physical activity and you should look very well, by six weeks, even better. The tip will be slightly stiff for several more weeks though you should look great for travel or work.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Travel After Rhinoplasty

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Hi Carlos-

I think you will do well traveling to Europe 6 weeks after an open rhinoplasty. At 3 weeks about 80% of your swelling should be gone. You most likely will still have tip swelling, but that will probably not be noticable to new people you meet. Enjoy your trip!


Tom Kaniff

Thomas E. Kaniff, MD, FACS
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Most patients are "Restaurant Ready" 7-10 days after Rhinoplasty

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This is a great question.  While it may take several months to see the final results of your rhinoplasty, you should be presentable for social situations after 7-10 days.  The bandages usually come off between 5-7 days after surgery and sutures may be removed at this time.  The time-line I typically give is:

  1. Day 1-2     Feeling tired from anesthesia, but able to walk around.
  2. Day 5        Sutures and bandages removed
  3. Day 7-10   Restaurant Ready Swollen but socially presentable
  4. Month 3    Half way there, 50% of results visible
  5. Month 6    75% of results evident
  6. Month 12  95% of results are seen

So at 6 weeks you should be looking great.  Good luck in your search for information!


David C. Mabrie, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 156 reviews


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A six weeks after open rhinoplasty the incision should be reasonably well healed. You will certainly not have your final result and tip will still be swollen. However you should be more than presentable to meet new people.

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Europe trip will be fine 6 weeks after surgery

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Generally speaking, the initial healing phase after an open rhinoplasty approach should only take about three weeks.  Most individuals will be able to go to black tie function at that point so a trip to Europe should be fine about six weeks after your surgery.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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