How Strong is a Nose 14 Weeks After Rhinoplasty?

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Recovery after Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles

It usually takes about 6 weeks to heal about 50% from a nose surgery or rhinoplasty. after this time your nasal bone is about 80% as strong as before. You nose will continue to heal and its swelling will continue to subside over the next 8-18 months.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Nose 14 weeks after surgery

Your nose should be well healed by this time.  There is still some swelling that will take up to a year to resolve.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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6 weeks to heal for Michigan rhinoplasty patients

After six weeks, we consider the nasal bones strong enough for our patients to play active sports.  However, if someone were to take a powerful blow to the nose this would certainly prolong swelling and could disrupt the shape of the nose.  Conversely, if you took a powerful blow to the nose without having recent surgery there is a chance of changing your nasal shape.

Pramit Malhotra, MD
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon
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Strength of Nose 14 Weeks Post Rhinoplasty

At 14 weeks after rhinoplasty your nose will tolerate all but the most severe nasal trauma, but healing will continue for another 12-15 months.  However, I don't suggest martial arts at this time.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nose Strength after Rhinoplasty

Hi and thank you for your question. The nose gradually recovers its strength following rhinoplasty surgery. Most of the healing occurs in the first few weeks after cosmetic surgery, while the remainder of healing and swelling may last for a year or longer. Minor bumps or touches should not disturb your rhinoplasty results the first couple weeks after surgery. Contact sports may be allowed after 6 to 8 weeks once the bones have become stronger. However, your plastic surgeon will guide you during the recovery period. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki


Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Strong is a Nose 14 Weeks After Rhinoplasty?

Strong enough that it would take significant trauma in order to fracture the nose at 14 weeks post Rhinoplasty however, that does not mean that all the residual swelling is gone.  This takes 6-12 months to occur.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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It takes about six weeks for a nose to be solid. This does not mean that the final result is there at six weeks. Thebones should be solid.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Bone Strength 3 Months After Surgery

Hi Starwars,

A nose, 14 weeks after rhinoplasty is Gold's Gym strong.  Nasal bones heal rather quickly, that is why if a nose has an acute displaced fracture (from the front the nasal bones appear to be way East or West of the midline), it needs to be evaluated within 5 days (once the swelling has gone down) and the bones should be relocated to their natural position ideally between 5 and 10 days, but up to 18 days.  Beyond that time frame, the bony segments most likely will need to be re-fractured with a chisel.

At 14 weeks after rhinoplasty, the bones are solid, but just like nasal bones that have never been operated upon, they should not be exposed to trauma without the risk of breaking.  As I recently told one of my rhinoplasty patients named George J., "Watch out for that tree!"  Good luck and be well.


Dr. P


Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Healing after a rhinoplasty or nose job

like all bones,  they are very strong and largely healed by 12-16 weeks.    the bone will continue to remodel and nose shape improve for 12-18 months

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty at 14 weeks

At 14 weeks after rhinoplasty, your nose should be pretty solid to do almost any actiivity.  It may still be swollen and this can last up to a year or more.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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