Recovery from Rhinoplasty is fairly predictable. What I tell my patients is there is essentially three phases of recovery.
The first phase is the first week in which they will typically have a bandage on their nose made up of some light brown (flesh colored) tape covered by a firm splint. The nose is not packed unless there was an issue with bleeding during or at the end of the procedure. (Packing is extremely rare, given the more contemporary Rhinoplasty techniques now employed as well as the medications utilized in the OR that minimize bleeding.) Because the nose is not typically packed, the postop pain is minimal, and feels more like congestion from a head cold. Even if you have zero bruising and swelling, the bandage is a dead giveaway, so most patients lay low socially the first 7 seven days.
At one week, the dressing is delicately removed in the office and the nostrils and skin cleaned. At this point there is obviously some swelling, and I tell my patients in advance that between the first and sixth week I wouldn't have any keepsake photos taken, but will be fine for their normal day to day activities except for any contact sports. I advise them not to bump the nose or wear glasses for the first six weeks as the bones heal into their new position. During that second week they may require some makeup depending on if they bruised, and if so to what degree. Our Esthetician routinely sees every Rhinoplasty patient at their one week postop appointment, and if some camouflaging is indicated, helps the patient with that.
The last phase is between 6 weeks and one year. At six weeks, there is typically still a small amount of swelling noted, and is typically in the tip of the nose. This is swelling that usually only I and the patient are aware of, but not anyone else. Over the remainder of that year this small amount of swelling waxes and wanes and eventually is permanently gone. There are no restrictions from glasses or activities after six weeks.
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