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Recovery Guide: Rhinoplasty in Norwalk, CT

Posted December 16, 2019 in Recovery, Rhinoplasty

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Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can significantly improve the shape and size of your nasal structure.

Enhancing a crooked, bulbous, or bumpy nose can also balance out facial harmony. 

After adjusting what bothers you about your nose, you will be sent home to recover. But what does that recovery timeline entail?

Woman getting ready for rhinoplasty recovery with a splint on her nose.

With the proper techniques, your rhinoplasty recovery can be shortened and more comfortable.

We will discuss below what you can expect during your rhinoplasty recuperation and provide some recommendations to help ease your discomfort and heal quicker.

What Is the Recovery Timeline After Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Rick Rosen offers different rhinoplasty incision techniques, which will change the recovery timeline for your nose job.

In general, patients may experience bruising, discomfort with their splint and nasal packing, numbness, pressure, and swelling.

These sensations can spread under the eyes and cheek area and last between a few days to a few weeks.

Immediately After Rhinoplasty Surgery

Your nose will be wrapped in a splint and gauze, and your nostrils will be packed.

Postoperative care instructions will be provided, and then you are sent home to recover.

The First Week After a Rhinoplasty

By the end of your first week, the splint is removed, along with sutures and packing. Dr. Rosen will examine your healing and discuss your recovery.

Most patients feel back to normal after one or two weeks.

In some cases, patients feel significantly better after five days. 

Residual swelling may be present for the following months, so do not be discouraged if you can’t fully see your results yet. 

Your nose will appear different but can take up to six months to completely reach the final outcome.

Tips for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery Success

While recovering from nasal surgery, it is important to:

  1. Avoid blowing your nose or sniffling
  2. Cease tobacco usage
  3. Do not overdo it; listen to your body and what Dr. Rosen tells you
  4. Eat healthy meals
  5. Elevate your head at all times
  6. Hydrate
  7. Purchase all prescription medications and recovery supplies before your procedure, so everything is ready when you return from the surgical facility
  8. Relax in a comfortable environment
  9. Set up a quiet area to rest while you recover
  10. Utilize cold compresses to gently ease your puffiness
  11. Wait to continue exercising until cleared by your surgeon

Avoid Sun Exposure After a Rhinoplasty

Your nose will be sensitive to the sun’s rays, so try to keep away from sunlight, use plenty of sunscreen, and wear a hat.

Do Not Apply Pressure

Even if you are feeling better, it is best not to expose your nose to any pressure until it is safe to do so. 

You can discuss this with your surgeon if you aren’t sure if your nose is ready for certain activities.

Follow All Postoperative Care Instructions

These instructions are designed to help you understand what to expect and how to reduce risks. 

If you have further concerns or questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rosen.

Have a Loved One Take Care of You for One or Two Days

You will need to sleep for the first day or two after your surgery.

Activities should be limited until a few days following your rhinoplasty, so having a loved one to help with daily responsibilities can dramatically improve your recovery.

Keep All of Your Appointments

Follow-up appointments help your surgeon evaluate your progress, so please keep all scheduled meetings (or reschedule them if you need to cancel).

Scheduling a Rhinoplasty Appointment

Our team is happy to meet with you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about rhinoplasty or other cosmetic procedures. 

We offer services in Norwalk, CT and welcome patients from all over.

Please call us at (203) 899-0000 or fill out an online form to get in touch with us today.

Norwalk Office

91 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: 203.899.0000