What to Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

What to Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty is one of the best ways to correct a variety of concerns about your nose. This can include bumps, humps, curves, and overall misproportion. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, then it’s important to know that it can come with a substantial recovery time that will require some specific steps to follow. Here’s what to expect from this process and how you can make it go smoothly and successfully.

Have Realistic Expectations

One tip for a good rhinoplasty recovery is to have realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty can improve your nose’s projection and shape, as well as correct certain anatomical concerns that can cause symptoms. Rhinoplasty can’t create a new nose or change the overall look of your face. Often, it’s best when paired with certain procedures like chin augmentation for best results. Your plastic surgeon can give you the best idea of what can be achieved with rhinoplasty.

Prepare Beforehand

It can be helpful to make sure you and your home are ready for your recovery. This means making arrangements for someone to drive you home afterward and arranging your home to make sure you’re safe and comfortable. Make sure to choose a spot in your home to designate as your recovery area and make sure it’s comfortable and has the materials you’ll need within reach. You should also make sure someone can keep an eye on you for the first few days of your recovery. Make sure to prepare some reheatable meals ahead of time so you don’t need to worry about cooking and make sure any pet or childcare can be taken care of by someone else.

Take It Easy

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means you’ll return home after surgery. With that being said, the operation is performed under general anesthesia so you’ll undergo a brief monitoring period before you go home. Your nose will be bandaged and splinted, and there may be some residual bleeding. You’ll be given some detailed care instructions to follow to make sure you stay safe and healthy, so follow these as best you can. This will help you get the rest you need for a Rhinoplasty Recovery.

Make Sure to Keep Doctor’s Appointments

Follow-up appointments are key to making sure your recovery is progressing like it should. Make sure to keep your appointments and bring up any concerns you have with Dr. Carpenter. You’ll likely have your bandages and splints removed a few days after surgery, depending on your progress. Since the nose is a delicate structure and can experience a lot of swelling, it’s important to keep an eye out for any concerns as your recovery progresses.

Be Patient

Even when the bandages and splint come off, your nose will still be a bit swollen. You should also expect a lot of bruising, especially around your eyes. Cold compresses can help with this, along with taking prescribed anti-inflammatories. Although following care steps can help, you’ll need to have patience while your body adjusts. Some residual swelling can last for months after your procedure, and in some cases your nose can continue to settle into its final shape for up to a year. Even though the results are worth it, it’s important to be patient!

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your rhinoplasty options is by meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in achieving excellent rhinoplasty results. We invite you to meet with Dr. Carpenter at our Allegany office by calling or filling out our online form.

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