Rhinoplasty Recovery: What to Expect Months After the Surgery

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During rhinoplasty recovery, you will be swollen at least minimally for several months, but the bulk of the swelling will dissipate within the first 2 to 4 months. I personally had noticeable swelling for at least 6 months and my nose continued to change well after a year postoperatively.

Keep in mind that most other people will not notice any swelling after a month, but you will notice it, especially in photos. The tip of your nose may twist, turn up, and look very crooked for several months, so if you are not satisfied with your nose at first, be patient. The tissue in the tip stays swollen the longest. You may indeed have the nose you desire, but it may not be apparent for 10 months to a year.

Rhinoplasty After Surgery

If you decide you need to have a rhinoplasty revision, most surgeons want you to wait at least 9 months after your first surgery before they will do anything. This gives time for all the tissue to settle down and will give you a better idea of how your nose actually looks.

It is possible you may need a slight revision, so don't get depressed. Go into this revision procedure with realistic expectations. You cannot think that you are going to get the exact nose someone else has or that it will look good on you if you get it. No matter the skill and expertise of your surgeon, your cartilage may heal completely different than the next patient's, so please consider this before undergoing any rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is very rewarding and even slight changes in your nose can bring your whole face into balance and a better look, which can give you a substantial boost in esteem.