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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Rhinoplasty – How Long Does Swelling Last After Surgery?

Following nose surgery, you will experience some swelling and bruising for a few days. Generally, the swelling reaches its highest level the second day after surgery. However, you can speed up your recovery by taking care of your new nose. Medications and icing can help you reduce the swelling and bruising. In addition, you should avoid strenuous physical activity, as this will cause more swelling.

Swelling is an inevitable side effect of rhinoplasty. Swelling will be present for weeks to months. However, the recovery process depends on the type of surgery and the thickness of skin. During the first few weeks after surgery, you should avoid vigorous activity and keep your head elevated to reduce swelling. Avoid vigorous showers and brushing your teeth vigorously. During this time, you should avoid smiling and laughing excessively. You can smile, however, once you are healed and your new nose has fully revealed its true beauty.

After rhinoplasty, you will notice some swelling on the tip of your nose. However, the swelling should gradually decrease over the following weeks. Most patients experience less swelling than the tip of their nose, which is normal. In some cases, the swelling is only minimal. In any case, it is normal to experience some pain after the procedure. However, the swelling will eventually go away, so it’s important to be patient and trust your surgeon’s judgment.

Swelling will gradually decrease over a year after a Rhinoplasty surgery. Initially, it may be worse on the third or fourth day, but will decrease rapidly. The recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most patients can expect to look normal in three to four weeks after the procedure. After this time, some swelling may remain but will only be noticeable to the patient. It will gradually diminish and will likely go away on its own in a few weeks.

After a rhinoplasty, most patients are back to work within a week or so. However, if your job is physically demanding, you may want to stay on light duty for a few more weeks. In general, you should not engage in strenuous activities for six weeks after surgery. Discuss your job duties with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Portuese before undergoing the surgery. Most people can return to work in two weeks. However, it’s still best to consult your doctor about your work schedule before deciding to return to work.