Rhinoplasty recovery time can vary depending on the person and the procedure, or procedures, that were performed. When planning a nose job, Charlotte, NC patients should consider the time they will need to take off work and activities following surgery, along with choosing the provider and saving the money to pay for the procedure.
Open and closed rhinoplasty surgeries can impact recovery time
One factor in the time it will take patients to recover following surgery if they had a closed or open rhinoplasty. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nose resulting in no visible scarring. Since this way is a little less invasive, it typically has a faster recovery time. Open rhinoplasties, however, require surgeons to make incisions in the skin between the nostrils and needs more time to heal.
Patients should expect swelling and bruising immediately after surgery
The first few days after surgery will typically be the most difficult. Patients should expect bruising and swelling and should plan to rest the first few days while the nose starts to heal. The bruising should typically fade in a week to ten days. Though the swelling will reduce dramatically within the first few weeks, minimal swelling may remain for up to a month following surgery.
Patients should follow the surgeon’s advice during recovery
Though the time it takes for the nose to heal completely is not the same for everyone, patients can take many steps to ensure a successful surgery and ensure they have the shortest rhinoplasty recovery time possible.
Prior to surgery, patients will need to quit smoking, drinking, and taking certain medications. This should continue following the surgery as well. Vitamin D intake should also be monitored following surgery. Since medications, like aspirin, should be avoided following surgery, patients should be careful only to take prescribed pain killers as directed by their doctor.
Patients should also keep their head elevated, and avoid bending over, following surgery. Sneezing and blowing the nose should also be avoided. A sneeze has significant force that can damage the nose if it is not yet fully healed. To avoid sneezing patients should avoid crowds and was their hands to prevent getting illnesses that would cause sneezing.
Finally, patients should avoid accidentally bumping their nose. Consider wearing contacts instead of glasses, so nothing is resting on the nose. Pullover clothing should also be avoided as it is easy to bump the nose when pulling clothes over the head.
Charlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte, NC most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Dr. Freeman is double board certified and has focused exclusively on aesthetic facial surgery since 1988. Be sure to contact Dr. Freeman’s office to schedule a consultation where he can answer your questions about the procedure, what to expect, and what to plan for the rhinoplasty recovery time.