Summary: Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures on the planet. But it can come with some necessary recovery time. So how exactly do you take care of your nose after a rhinoplasty procedure? After all, the more successful your recovery, the better your overall end results will likely look. Rhinoplasty recovery is an especially important part of the process.
Taking Care of Your Nose After Rhinoplasty
The nose job is an incredibly common plastic surgery procedure. This kind of makes sense; in many ways, the nose is the glue that holds the face together. And if that glue is…off…many people will notice. And when people notice, it can make a guy or gal feel a little uncomfortable. The solution, then, is to change the nose.
Now, people don’t necessarily go in for a rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons. Sometimes a rhinoplasty is reconstructive, designed to fix a broken nose or deviated septum. Sometimes a rhinoplasty procedure is a revision of a previous procedure. The point is, people get nose jobs for many reasons.
Whatever the reason for getting the procedure, one of the main drawbacks of rhinoplasty is the recovery. A nose job has a very well documented history as being a somewhat painful and drawn out procedure in terms of recovery. But following instructions over that recovery is designed to protect your results. So you should do as you’re told.
What Happens During Rhinoplasty Recovery?
Your nose is sensitive. It’s supposed to be—if your nose was less sensitive, your sense of smell would be even worse (and let’s be honest: humans have a terrible sense of smell compared to the rest of the animal kingdom). But this definitely comes in to play when we’re talking about recovery from rhinoplasty because the simple truth is this: rhinoplasty hurts.
Patients are often given pain medication to help them through the process. But it’s important to remember that sometimes there can still be discomfort. However, in most cases the most severe discomfort passes after a couple of days. For a procedure that gives you results that last for, well, a lifetime, that’s not such a high price to pay.
A Splint For Your Nose
During the initial stages of recovery, patients may also be asked to wear a splint or other cast-like device. This probably isn’t going to be the most comfortable thing in the world. But this splint is incredibly important. After all, there’s no way to guarantee that you won’t hit your nose on something or maybe even sleep on it funny.
The splint is designed to keep your nose in the correct healing position no matter what you do with it. For most patients, this splint will be removed after a few days or maybe a couple of weeks. Removing it early could endanger your overall end results.
The recovery process will be over, mostly, in a few months. That’s when most of the initial swelling diminishes. However, minor swelling can sometimes continue for up to a year. Again, for most patients, the results are worth it—but it’s definitely a good thing to know ahead of time.
Rhinoplasty Without the Recovery
Rhinoplasty recovery can be a road block for some people. According to the website of one prominent Los Angeles rhinoplasty expert, one way to get around that is through a procedure called non surgical rhinoplasty. A non surgical nose job uses injectables to shape and mold the appearance of the nose. Results are temporary, and they can only add volume not subtract it. That said, this non surgical procedure can generate dramatic (or subtle) results.
For patients who want to change the shape of the nose but can’t bring themselves to get surgery, a non surgical nose job procedure is a great way to go. Many patients, in fact, use a non surgical nose job as a kind of “rhinoplasty test drive.” Because the results of a non surgical nose job are instant, those patients can determine whether they truly do want to change the shape of the nose.
Worth it to Get the Nose You Want
Sometimes, your nose can be a big deal. Making your nose blend in with the rest of your face can be an even bigger deal. Many patients love rhinoplasty because they finally feel as though they can simply blend in—like people will finally stop staring at their face. This is a great feeling.
For many patients, that makes rhinoplasty recovery really worth it. It may be a struggle for a couple of weeks—or even a couple of months more rarely. But that struggle is ultimately worth it because it finally lets patients feel comfortable in their own skin with their own faces.
And that can be priceless.