Yes, the recovery process is a pain in the butt, but it went by a lot faster than I thought. Maybe I'm just a quick healer since I am only 20, but I was back to work (being VERY careful) after a week.
The first 3 days of recovery were the worst. The pain felt like a very very bad sinus infection and my throat hurt terribly from the breathing tube that had been inserted during surgery. The medication (oxycodone) helped tremendously however. Not being able to lay flat it very uncomfortable and frustrating but it's bearable for a few days. After about 3-4 days (approx) the doctor removed the packing which was very uncomfortable. I'm not sure how else to explain the feeling except for (excuse the gross comparison) a tampon being pulled out of your nose. After the packing was removed and the cast was taken off I felt much better. I did not have feeling in my nose for about 3 months after but it was not too bothersome to me. I did find the stitches to be somewhat annoying since they were visible and had a bit of dried blood in them but they dissolved eventually.
As much discomfort as I was in, I still think this nosejob was totally woth it.