After undergoing rhinoplasty at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery, our patients have found that recovery time can vary greatly. Much depends on the region of the nose affected by the procedure. For instance, recovering from swelling, bruising, and discomfort after work on the tip of the nose will require less time than nostril or bridge work.
Most patients use pain medication anywhere from two to 10 days after surgery, and experience some swelling and bruising for up to six weeks. Numbness can also occur for a week or so after surgery, usually at the tip of nose. The use of sunscreen is also important after your procedure, since ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can impede proper healing and make scars more apparent.
Most patients return to work one to three weeks after surgery, and can slowly resume exercise (including swimming) four to six weeks after the procedure. While these are very large ranges, your rhinoplasty surgeon will provide more detailed instructions for your individual recovery. Complete results are seen anywhere from three to 12 months following surgery.