How long does it take to recover after a nose job?
When you awaken from surgery you will notice an internal and external splint to stabilize your nose as it heals. You will need to make temporary lifestyle adjustments as your body heals. It is especially important to sleep sitting upright for the first week to ten days while placing ice packs over your
nose. The ice pack/cold compress helps decrease your swelling and increase your comfort during this time. Additionally, you cannot blow your nose, bend over, or strain the area. No slam dancing!
If there are any sutures they are usually removed within the first 5-7 days following surgery. If internal packing is used this is usually removed by postoperative day five and if an internal splint is used this usually comes out by the second week after surgery. Although Dr. Larsen would like the external splint to stay on for two weeks it sometimes comes off after about 7-10 days.
Patients also ask how long they can expect the swelling to last. It’s really important to have realistic expectations here as this is considered the most trying aspect of a nose job. The swelling will be the most intense during the first two weeks. Immediately when the splints are removed you’ll have an idea of what the final result will look like, however, swelling will return after the splint is removed. The first month or two after your rhinoplasty, swelling can be so great that your nose may look slightly larger than it did prior to surgery. This is temporary, and very normal, no cause for concern. You may notice your nose is more swollen in the morning and less so in the afternoon after you have been up. Swelling on the bridge of your nose tends to resolve first, where as the tip takes the longest amount of time to heal. Some swelling can even continue for up to a year after surgery as the look of your nose refines into its final shape.
Patients are often curious about when they can resume their regular workout routine. Most surgeons recommend waiting three weeks to return to a regular workout routine, and a minimum of eight weeks before returning to any type of sport activity.