Rhinoplasty is the most popular procedure that patients undergo to reshape their nose. This is a complex surgical procedure that requires some downtime, and patients should expect to take some time off work to recover. Depending on the extent of your surgery, recovery time may vary from person to person. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will create a personalized surgical plan that entails every step of your procedure, including your recovery process. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Why Undergo Rhinoplasty?
Patients most commonly seek rhinoplasty to address aesthetic concerns with the nose, while some may seek surgery to correct functional issues such as breathing problems. Rhinoplasty can:
- Create facial balance
- Narrow the bridge of the nose
- Reduce the size of nostrils
- Address the appearance of bumps or divots in the bridge
- Correct misshapen nasal tips
- Help with sinus issues
- Fix deviated septums
The recovery process following rhinoplasty is mostly measured by appearance, as swelling and bruising are the two major factors that patients will experience. The first 48 hours following surgery, you will need someone else to drive you while you are still recovering from general anesthesia. You will need the most rest in these few days and will want to do low-energy activities, such as watching movies in bed. Any pain or discomfort you may experience will be most pronounced during this time, and you may need to take prescribed medications.
During the first week of recovery, you will want to walk and do small activities out of bed to help keep your circulation strong. Patients can return to school or work after about a week, avoiding strenuous activity. You can exercise moderately in about 4 weeks, and fully around 6 weeks when the bone cartilage has fully settled.
Before your surgery, make sure to take off at least a week from school or work. You will want to arrange to have someone available to pick you up from surgery, and ideally to stay with you at least the first 24-48 hours. You will want to have cold compresses ready to help with swelling, and stock your fridge with healthy foods. Try to prep your bedside with anything you may need to keep comfortable, have plenty of pillows to help elevate your head, and be sure to pick up any prescribed medications you may need before your surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
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