Rhinoplasty Healing Stages: Week One to Year One

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Looking after yourself post rhinoplasty is incredibly important. To help with your healing journey, we’ve outlined our best rhinoplasty recovery tips.

Top rhinoplasty recovery tips to keep in mind

1. Listen to your doctor and your body.

Your surgery is unique to you, so take note of any guidelines set out by your doctor around recovery and medication. Likewise, you know your body better than anyone else, so pay attention to how it is feeling.

2. Be patient.

Rhinoplasty recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. While you will see results after 1-2 weeks, it can take up to 12 months for your nose and facial structure to be completely refined. Be patient with your body, and understand the specific healing stages post-surgery.

3. Keep your nose lubricated.

Prevent dryness of the skin and keep your nasal tissue moist using a saline intranasal spray, or another form of spray recommended by your doctor.

4. Don’t blow your nose.

While you will feel congested, it is important to avoid blowing, sneezing, or sniffing to prevent any extra bleeding.

5. Use a cold compress.

A cold compress or gentle ice pack applied to the cheeks (not the nose) can help ease swelling.

6. Rest up.

Give your body a chance to heal by actively taking time to rest and rejuvenate. Most patients take around two weeks off work to give their bodies the best chance of recovery.

7. Keep your head elevated.

Prop your head up with a few pillows at night to ensure your head stays elevated and avoid sleeping on your side. Travel pillows or rolled-up towels are a great way to support your neck and prevent rolling.

8. Wear zip-up tops.

Prevent any accidental face impact by avoiding clothing that you have to pull over your head.

9. Eat a healthy diet.

Fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to heal by eating a diet rich in protein, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and decreasing your salt intake to prevent fluid retention.

The expert in rhinoplasty recovery

If you’re ready to invest in yourself with rhinoplasty or have any questions about the procedure and the healing process, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sedgh today.

Posted on behalf of Sedgh Plastic Surgery


When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.