Nose jobs are one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries carried out on patients in the UK. Helping to reshape and resize the nose, rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires a lot of skill to get right. One thing that will determine the results of the surgery, is how well a patient recovers after the procedure.

So, what can you expect from nose job recovery? Find out everything you need to know below.

How long does it take to recover from a nose job?

A rhinoplasty procedure takes anywhere from one to three hours to complete. It is carried out under general anaesthetic, and patients will often stay in the hospital/recovery room for another two to three hours before going home.

Standard rhinoplasty recovery time is 2 weeks, during which time a cast is worn for 10 days and steristrips for a further 4-5 days. Work, socialising, driving and exercise should be avoided during this period.

The surgeon will give you a list of aftercare instructions you will need to follow. This speeds up recovery while reducing the risk of complications.

After the surgery, bruising will typically develop around the eyes. This is completely normal and will last up to 10 days. Around a week after the procedure, you will need to attend a check-up appointment to remove sutures; the cast is removed after 10 days.

What risks and complications should I be aware of?

There are several risks, and complications patients should watch out for after a nose job. These include:

  • Infection
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin swelling or discolouration

These are some of the most common risks and complications associated with the procedure. You can talk them through with the surgeon to determine the best way to reduce your individual risk factors.

How can I improve my nose job recovery?

There are several ways you can speed up and improve your recovery after a nose job. Keeping the head propped up correctly while sleeping can make a big difference. This will reduce the amount of swelling on the face. Patients are typically advised to sleep on their back for the first four weeks after the surgery.

Quitting smoking is essential, and avoiding blowing the nose is also recommended. Tobacco smoke is well known to slow down and complicate healing after surgery and can lead to skin loss.

The best thing you can do to aid in your recovery, however, is to follow the instructions provided. After undergoing rhinoplasty, Mr Paul Tulley will provide strict aftercare instructions to help reduce the risks and ensure the fastest recovery. Book in today to find out more.