Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, can dramatically improve the appearance of your entire face by making alterations to your nose. While it is a great procedure for those who are unhappy with the shape or size of their nose, it is a surgery that requires some recovery time.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia and you may go home the same day. While you may be able to be up and moving within 24 hours, expect to take up to a week off from school or work as you heal. For the first several days, you’ll need to keep your head elevated and apply ice packs to reduce swelling. The majority of swelling and bruising subsides within a week following rhinoplasty. Nasal dressings, splints, and sutures are removed at about 7 days after surgery. At this point, any residual bruising can be effectively camouflaged with makeup. At 7-10 days, most patients feel comfortable appearing in public.
You will be given instructions before surgery on how to care for your nose. You should plan to eat a liquid or light diet the day after surgery. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks and you should avoid putting pressure on the nose, such as sleeping or laying on it.
Swelling will continue to subside and the nose may gradually improve its definition for up to a year after surgery. However, beyond the first week, these changes are subtle and are typically not noticed by those around you.
Projected results can be seen before the surgery is even performed. Computer imaging and simulation are available to help visualize what your nose will look like after the operation. Photos are taken from multiple angles and used to simulate the results we can achieve.
To learn more about our Rhinoplasty procedures, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page, or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!