If you’ve considered having rhinoplasty surgery, recovery is likely one of the first things on your mind. One of the best ways to know what to expect is by hearing from real patients. Fortunately, over 16,000 patients have shared their unique experiences to the RealSelf community and 42,000+ questions have been answered by verified doctors on this platform.

Here are the top things to consider for recovery after nose surgery based on this compilation of real rhinoplasty patient stories.

Not only do you need to know what to expect, but you’ll need to have a few essentials on hand.

Preparation is key

One of the most important things you can do to make sure your nose surgery recovery goes smoothly is to prepare yourself ahead of time. Of course you’ll need to know what to expect (and our personalized materials will tell you all the key details), but preparation is also about having certain essentials on hand.

RealSelf members suggest picking up a number of items to ease any post-surgical discomfort: cough drops, mouth sprays, baby wipes, a comfy neck pillow, light ice packs, cotton swabs, nasal spray, and antibiotic ointment. Another tip is to tidy up the room or rooms where you’ll be spending your recovery to make them fresh and cheerful before you spend a few days kicking back with your favorite books and Netflix.

Even if you think, “my supplements are all good for me,” don’t forget to disclose exactly what you’re taking, including popular adaptogens—some can compromise healing.

Preparation is not only about getting stocked up—there are also things to avoid. Your surgeon will recommend abstaining from smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and certain vitamins and supplements for a better recovery. Be sure to carefully review your surgeon’s full list of dos and don’ts beforehand.

Even if you think, “my supplements are all good for me,” don’t forget to disclose exactly what you’re taking, including popular adaptogens. Some may get the OK, while others are a definite “no” during recovery, as they could compromise healing.

Be gentle with yourself through your recovery

Day 1 – 5:

Recovery from rhinoplasty will take time, likely longer than you expect. The day of surgery, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to make yourself comfy. Your throat will probably be sore from breathing out of your mouth. Avoid citrusy foods, stay hydrated with water, and keep throat spray on hand.

The first week, your primary goal should simply be to heal. While recovery isn’t necessarily painful it is often uncomfortable. Most RealSelf members say that it will feel like a severe cold. You may even experience some nose bleeds, headaches, and swelling. Just be sure not to blow your nose, as it could open up incisions.

Week 1-2:

After the first week, you’re on your way to a beautifully contoured nose. Your surgeon will remove your splint or cast during this time and you’ll get your first look. Keep in mind that you might not love your new nose yet—it is still healing and swollen. Don’t panic; your beautiful results will be worth the wait.

Wondering “when can I go back to work after rhinoplasty”? Around week 2, if swelling has subsided and you’re feeling up for it, you can head back to your job. If you want to be discreet, it could likely be longer as swelling and bruising vary from person to person.

Good things are worth the wait

Around 5 to 6 weeks you can start exercising again, swelling and bruising are hardly noticeable, and you’re new nose will start becoming more familiar to you in the mirror. It’s important to mention that your final results, however, can take up to a year to fully come into shape.

Personalized answers

Even with access to thousands of reviews, you likely still have some questions, and personalized answers are the best! If you’re wondering about rhinoplasty in Hampton Roads, we’re here to help! Contact us today for a personalized consultation where we can help you learn what to expect from this life changing procedure.

See RealSelf’s full rhinoplasty recovery timeline here.

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