The Portland Center For Facial Plastic Surgery
Hillsboro - Portland Oregon
The Portland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery ™
 10690 NE Cornell Rd. Suite 324A, Hillsboro, OR 97124 503-899-0006
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How Long Before Rhinoplasty Works?

Many patients wonder, “How long before rhinoplasty works?” In addition to a few weeks of recovery, a patient will probably experience some swelling. Swelling is normal after rhinoplasty, but it will take a while for the area to settle down completely. The swelling usually appears first on the cheeks and under the eyes. A patient may need to take two weeks off of work following the surgery, but once they are healed, they can resume normal activities.

In general, the recovery time for rhinoplasty depends on how much work has been done to the soft tissue and bone. Patients are often required to wear a splint for the first week. After one week, patients should try to avoid excessive sweating, stretching, and bending over. Once the cast comes off, the surgeon will evaluate the final results. If you do want to remove it on your own, make sure to remove it gently and take a photograph before doing so.

After rhinoplasty, patients should expect to experience some swelling and bruising. This is normal. However, if it is your first time having rhinoplasty surgery, you may be surprised to learn that the results take at least a year to fully develop. If you are concerned about the outcome, your surgeon will recommend a few post-operative visits. Most patients are able to return to their usual activities within 4-6 weeks, but it can take as long as 15 months to see a full result. The procedure is typically done by a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and does not perform it every day.

After your rhinoplasty surgery, you’ll wake up with a packing in your nose. This is typically made of gauze or soft Vaseline. It will slide out of your nose over the next 24 hours. By the third day, you should begin to feel comfortable and less stuffy. The process can take up to one year, so it’s best to plan ahead. And remember to follow your surgeon’s advice regarding expectations before your procedure.

During the recovery period after your rhinoplasty, it’s important to keep hydrated and avoid alcohol, which can alter the effect of anesthetic medicines and interfere with blood clotting. Cigarette smoke has been shown to interfere with the metabolism of anesthesia drugs. Sunburns can cause inflammation and slow down your recovery process. Moreover, it’s recommended to stop smoking a few weeks before your surgery.

While rhinoplasty can leave you with a more youthful appearance, you should avoid excessive physical activity for at least a week. If your job requires you to perform strenuous activities, you should take time off work to recover. However, if you’re a remote worker, you might be able to work from home for a week after surgery. But don’t worry, you’ll be back to your normal self soon enough.

While you’re healing, your nose will probably feel stiff and swollen. You will also have to breathe through your mouth for a week or two. Your doctor will likely place a splint over your nose for the first few days, but this will feel loose after a few days. It will be removed after about a week. You’ll be able to resume normal activities within two weeks.