How Long Is Recovery After a Rhinoplasty?


You may have many questions about the healing process after rhinoplasty. In this article, you can find what you wonder about the changes that will occur in your nose after the surgery and the healing process.

How Long Does a Nose Job Take to Heal?

The healing process after rhinoplasty varies from person to person. The scope of the surgery affects the healing process. However, on average, we can say that the complete healing process is 6 months. You can see different changes in your nose every month after surgery. These changes are described in more detail below.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

After rhinoplasty, the swelling and other changes in your nose are given below according to the months:

1 Month After Nose Surgery

Within the first month, postoperative swelling and bruising are usually significantly reduced. However, they may not disappear completely. The healing of the tissues affected by the surgery continues. During this process, your nasal shape and tissues will further improve. Slight swelling and colour changes are normal during this period. You can run and exercise at a moderate pace during this month.

2 – 3 Months After Nose Surgery

During this period, you can observe significant improvements in your nose shape. However, it takes a little more time for the tissues to heal completely. The stiffness or swelling that can be felt under the skin after surgery decreases over time. During this period, the nasal tissues get closer to natural softness.

5 – 6 Months After Nose Surgery

At the end of six months, postoperative swelling and bruising are expected to be greatly reduced. Nasal contours become more prominent and generally gain a natural appearance. The healing process of many people is completed. However, people with extensive nose surgery should wait up to 1 year. Sun protection is important during the postoperative period. It is important to continue using sunscreen to protect against the harmful effects of the sun and to prevent skin discolouration.

1 Year After Nose Surgery

At the end of one year, the shape of the nose will usually be significantly improved compared to before surgery and the desired aesthetic results will have been achieved. At the end of one year, you can usually return to completely normal daily activities. Restrictions on exercise and heavy activities will be lifted. However, no matter how much you have recovered, you need to protect your nose against possible impacts and against the sun.

How Can I Speed Up Healing After Rhinoplasty?

If you want to speed up your healing process after rhinoplasty, you can consider the following suggestions:

  • It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly in the postoperative period.
  • Using medications regularly, following the recommended care guidelines and attending follow-up appointments accelerate recovery.
  • Getting enough rest in the postoperative period can speed up the healing process.
  • Especially in the first few days, you should focus on rest. Sleeping with your head elevated can help reduce swelling.
  • Applying cold compresses or ice packs around the nose in the postoperative period can reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Drinking enough water can support the body to heal. Fluid intake can improve general health and oedema control.
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can negatively affect the healing process. Therefore, you should avoid these habits if possible.
  • Protect your nose from the harmful rays of the sun. Always use sunscreen when you go outside.

We have come to the end of our article on recovery after rhinoplasty. If you want to have rhinoplasty, you can contact us. For more information about rhinoplasty, you can visit our rhinoplasty in İstanbul page and contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I see the results of rhinoplasty?

On average, you will need to wait 6 months to see the full results after rhinoplasty. If you have had a comprehensive surgery, it is useful to wait 1 year.

You can return to normal life 1 week after nose surgery. You can go to work, you can walk at a light pace. However, you need to wait a few months for more.

Plasters are removed 1 week after nose surgery.

It is normal to have oedema in your nose after rhinoplasty. Your oedema disappears to a great extent 1 month after the operation.


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