Assuming my rhinoplasty will be successful, what can I expect my nose to look and feel like after 1 month?
There are many variables here : open vs closed, amount of dissection, use of grafts or implants, etc. Many of my patients look very good at 2 or 3 weeks, but there is variability in the amount of time to heal.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
There is too many variables that affect the healing rates such as such as closed techniques versus open techniques, skin thickness and type, any actual surgical procedures performed such as suture techniques to the nasal tip and cartilage grafting. As a general rule plan on 70% of the swelling gone in the nose after one month, and 30% takes a full year to subside.
What to expect during recovery after rhinoplasty
While still swollen, most noses will begin to look "normal" at 2 weeks following surgery. At 1 month into your recovery, your nose will still have some swelling and may feel a bit firm and stiff (60-80% of swelling will resolve in the first 3-6 months) but you should be back to full activity and your normal routine.