What to expect with recovery of rhinoplasty

Woman is preparing to have nose surgery done, isolated cutout on white background. Mixed race latin american hispanic caucasian model. Positive face expression Many patients who undergo rhinoplasty procedures are eager to see the results of their procedure as soon as possible. However, it is important that patients understand the recovery process needed to ensure that everything heals as it should and the results are as desired. Many patients who visit with Dr. Wayne Larrabee and his team may have questions about the healing timeline needed after their plastic surgery. We encourage Seattle, WA area patients to connect with our team and discuss not only what to expect after their procedure, but tips for ensuring proper recovery in the shortest period of time. 

How long do I need to recovery from the rhinoplasty procedure? 

Each week after the procedure will often bring new challengers. During the first week, a splint is used and patients may notice bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes. After this, the splint can be removed. After three to four weeks, certain activities such as swimming and jogging can be resumed, and other exercises may be performed after six weeks. Patients will often experience numbness and abnormal sensations in the nose over several months, but this resolves often by month six. The entire healing process is complete after one year, after swelling has subsided and the results of the procedure are achieved. 

How can I speed the recovery process? 

While patience is the tool for seeing results, there are a few things patients can do to help the process alone. Below are a few tips and recommendations from Dr. Wayne Larrabee: 

  • Listen to the instructions given by the plastic surgeon for aftercare
  • Schedule your follow-up examination and maintain these appointments
  • Listen to your body and discuss changes or concerns as soon as possible
  • Maintain an elevated head which can help swelling and bruising clear faster
  • Use cold compresses after the first few days of surgery to reduce swelling and improve comfort
  • Get plenty of rest and maintain a healthy and nutritious diet
  • Avoid blowing your nose for several weeks after surgery
  • Avoid vigorous exercise and activities that might delay healing
  • Avoid wearing glasses for several weeks as it can put pressure on the nose and cause additional bleeding and swelling

Discuss your upcoming nose surgery today! 

Seattle, WA patients can call (206) 386-3550 to request an appointment with Dr. Wayne Larrabee of The Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery. His practice is conveniently located at 600 Broadway #280 and is available for new patients considering cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

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