Rhinoplasty Recovery FAQ

Published on October 27, 2014

Considering a rhinoplasty surgery but concerned about recovery? Read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about nasal surgery below and then contact us for a consultation to find out more about nose surgery in our Scottsdale facial plastic surgery practice.

Q: I understand rhinoplasty is an out-patient operation. Will I be able to drive after the surgery?

A: No, you will still be groggy from the general anesthetic. You will need someone to drive you home.

Q: What should I do when I get home?

A: You should sleep when you get home, but try to position yourself so your head is elevated. If possible, sleep in a recliner.

Q: Will I be in pain after the rhinoplasty?

A: This Surgery is not typically painful. But there may be some pressure with nasal congestion.

Q: Will my face be swollen?

A: Swelling is normal for the nose and sometimes around the eyes as well. It subsides in a few days.

Q: Should I use a cold compress to reduce the swelling?

A: Generally this is not necessary, however , your doctor will let you know if you should use a cold compress.

Q: When will the packing and cast be removed from my nose?

A: The packing will be removed the day following your surgery during your first postoperative appointment with your surgeon. The cast is typically removed after a week.

Q: When will the sutures be removed?

A: Your surgeon will remove the sutures in about one week. Some sutures are meant to be absorbed by your body. They do not have to be removed.

Q: How long will any discomfort last?

A: Minor discomfort may last up to six weeks, but it is generally not worse than a head cold and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications.

Q: When will the results of my surgery become apparent?

A: The full effect of the procedure won’t be obvious immediately due to the swelling. Usually, 80 percent of the swelling disappears after two weeks. Once the swelling subsides, the final shape of your nose will be more defined.

Q: I’m having a rhinoplasty to fix a deviated septum. When will my breathing improve?

A: Your breathing will improve in two to three weeks.

Q: What kind of instructions can I expect to receive from my surgeon?

A: Your doctor will give you instructions for postoperative care.

Recovery from rhinoplasty varies from patient to patient, depending on the type of surgery and the extent of the procedure. Follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for the best result from your surgery.

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