Rhinoplasties are usually common and easily completed procedures. Every nose is unique so there is not a single time of recovery like a hair transplant or an eye surgery. Were you able to breathe normally? Did you have trouble sleeping? Did you have septum deviation or was the amount of cartilage in your nose enough for the procedure? There are many different questions that result in different recovery periods after rhinoplasty but of course, we can make generalizations.
Usually, the patient stays at the hospital for 1 night after a regular rhinoplasty surgery. At some complicated septoplasties where the nose is blocked by bone and cartilage, the patient is expected to stay at the hospital for 2 days for changing the wound’s dressing and regular doctor visits. After 1 or 2 nights, the patient is discharged, ready to get on with a normal life. The wound inside the nose is expected to heal after a week but once the tampons are removed, the quality of life increases instantly.
After 2 weeks, most of the swelling and bruising resolves but doctors say it takes around 3 to 6 months for the nose to settle into its new shape. After a year, patients’ new nose is fully healed. The most painful process is the first couple of days like most plastic surgeries, the result can be seen instantly and there are usually no limitations about daily routines.