Undergoing rhinoplasty can be both exciting and daunting. Educating yourself on the surgery and recovery stages will help ease any concerns and prepare you for a successful healing process.
Breaking down the rhinoplasty healing stages
It’s important to note that everyone is different, and the rate and stages of healing after rhinoplasty can vary based on the individual anatomy, goals, and type of procedure. Most patients can expect to see a noticeable difference after two weeks and complete healing after 12 months.
After one week
You will get the splint and bandages removed and take the first look at your new nose. Keep in mind that swelling will peak approximately three days after surgery and begin to subside after that.
After two weeks
Significant swelling and bruising should have subsided. Every day you will see noticeable differences in the shape and precision of your nose.
Four weeks post-surgery
Nasal breathing will become easier, and you can now safely start enjoying cardiovascular exercise activities like jogging and swimming.
Six weeks after surgery
Your bones and nasal tissue are far more stable, and you can comfortably resume resistance workouts, start wearing glasses and blow your nose.
At three months post-surgery
85%-95% of the healing and refinement of your nose has taken place. From 3-6 months, any abnormal sensations should be resolved as the skin shrinks to its new dimensions and the nose looks more natural.
One year after your surgery
This should signal the completion of your healing process, as the swelling subsides entirely and your beautiful new facial structure is refined completely.
Remember, rhinoplasty healing stages are a marathon, not a sprint. Embrace the process and devote time to healing.
With over two decades of experience, an eye for detail and a reputation built on honesty and ethical treatment, Dr. Sedgh is one of the most sought-after Rhinoplasty providers in California.