Recovery and Results from Rhinoplasty
During your first week of recovery, you must take care of your healing nose with care, making sure not to disturb or interrupt healing. Your surgeon will give you a list of ways to care for yourself after your surgery. These may include sleeping while sitting up, and wearing buttoned shirts so you do not have to pull them over your head.
Bruising and swelling take about two weeks to go away, although it may take several months for the swelling to subside completely. While you can appreciate the appearance of your nose within a few weeks of surgery, expect to continue seeing improvements toward the final product as the swelling goes down.
The nose may feel worse before it feels better for those who had a functional rhinoplasty since swelling may make your nose feel stuffy. However, within a few weeks, you should notice a significant improvement in your ability to breathe through your nose.
Am I a Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
Candidates for a functional rhinoplasty have a medical issue that affects the function of the nose. For any rhinoplasty, the ideal candidates are in good health, do not smoke, and have reasonable expectations for surgery.