Carolina Facial Plastic Surgery

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Revision-Rhinoplasty-revoceryAt Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, after Dr. Kulbersh has explained the process of a nose job, the next question pertains to the rhinoplasty recovery process.  Every patient’s recovery time is unique because patients heal at different rates. At least two weeks before surgery, patients receive a pre-operative surgical packet that is over twenty-five pages in length.  The packet ensures that patients have all of the tools to have a safe, healthy, and quick recovery. During the recovery, Dr. Kulbersh will frequently meet with patients at their regular follow-up appointments so that he can track the recovery progress.

Rhinoplasty Recovery: The Timeline

Rhinoplasty surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can return home after the completion of surgery. The initial recovery time generally lasts between 1-2 weeks, and during this time, moderate discomfort, swelling, bruising, and headaches may occur. Nausea may occur  following surgery, but Dr. Kulbersh takes great lengths to prevent nausea from occurring by giving medications and using special techniques in the operating room. During the recovery, Dr. Kulbersh can prescribe the appropriate medication to alleviate symptoms, though most people stop taking pain medication within the first few days after the procedure.

Dr. Kulbersh will see all patients in the office the day after surgery, one week, and two weeks after their procedure.  The nasal splint and stitches will be removed approximately one week after surgery. The splint’s purpose is to protect the nose, limit swelling, and to keep it stable. There may also be internal sutures present, but they are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Thereafter, one should  be able to return to work and light activity within 7-10 days after surgery.

Dr. Kulbersh does not place “packing” in the nose.  He will occasionally place small silicone splints inside the nose to help the septum heal.  The most common complaint during the first week after surgery is the inability to breath through the nose and a dry throat.  For these reasons, Dr. Kulbersh suggest placing a humidifier in your room during the first week after surgery.  Breathing through the nose dramatically improves after the first week for most patients, but it will continue to improve over many months as the swelling inside of the nose resolves.

It is important for all patients to be available to see Dr. Kulbersh on a regular basis after surgery. He believes it is very important that patients schedule regular visits to the office; he likes to see patients every three months for one year and then annually. Rhinoplasty, unlike all other cosmetic procedures, requires a long-term commitment by the surgeon and the patient in order to ensure successful outcomes.

Bruising and Swelling After Rhinoplasty

There will be swelling and possibly bruising in the days and weeks after the procedure. Bruising generally subsides over the course of 1 – 2 weeks following a procedure; however swelling can persist in the nose. As a general rule of thumb, 60% of swelling after a surgery usually subsides within one month, while the remaining 40% continues to diminish over the next eleven months.  Swelling in revision and ethnic rhinoplasty may take longer to resolve secondary to thicker skin or compromised tissues from the previous surgery.

To ensure that patients have the best chance for an ideal rhinoplasty recovery Dr. Kulbersh recommends the following:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially in the first few days after surgery.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit salt intake.
  • Get plenty of rest. Avoid returning to daily activities too quickly.
  • Avoid medications that may interfere with fluid balance, and make sure to let Dr. Kulbersh know about any medications currently taking
  • Avoid bumping or disturbing your nose as it heals.
  • Dr. Kulbersh will prescribe a variety of prescription and herbal medications to aid in the healing process

During recovery time, one does not want to prolong recovery or stagnate healing time by accidentally damaging the nose. To make sure this is completely avoided, it’s important to consider the following, including but not limited to:

  • It is common to experience a stuffy nose, but do not blow the nose for at least one week.
  • Sleep with head and shoulders elevated by at least two pillows, which helps to reduce swelling and bruising and also keeps from disturbing the nose area during sleep.
  • Avoid wearing glasses on the nose for at least six weeks.
  • Avoid wearing cosmetics on the face for the first few weeks. Carolina Facial Plastics,offers products to help hide bruising extremely well for individuals early in the healing process.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may cause a blow to the nose. 

Red Flags During Rhinoplasty Recovery

During recovery there are  symptoms to be aware  of that Dr. Kulbersh recommends a patient to seek medical attention, which include:

  • Fever
  • Extreme swelling
  • Unbearable pain
  • Severe nasal discoloration
  • Excessive nasal bleeding

If a patient has a concern during the rhinoplasty recovery, patients should call the office to address the issue rather than the patient continue to worry about the issue and not contact the office.

Rhinoplasty Recovery FAQs

Q: Are there any special techniques you utilize to speed up the rhinoplasty recovery process?
A: Though each individual will heal differently because of the unique techniques used during the procedure, Dr. Kulbersh makes sure to use minimally invasive methods during surgery to reduce the amount of tissue damage in the nasal region. Dr. Kulbersh also provides an after-care plan that promotes a faster healing time and instructs patients on how to ensure a healthy and safe recovery.

Q: How long will it take for swelling to go away after my nose job in Charlotte?
A: This is one of the first questions Dr. Kulbersh typically receives from his patients.  Everyone heals differently, but a good rule is that 60% of the swelling will be gone after 3 weeks and the remaining will continue to resolve over 1 year. Typically, swelling may be worse in the open approach, in patients that have the nasal bones broken, patients with thick skin, or patients undergoing a revision rhinoplasty.

Q: When can I return to normal activity after rhinoplasty surgery?
A: Recovery from surgery generally lasts between 1-2 weeks. Dr. Kulbersh utilizes minimally invasive techniques that can promote a quicker healing process. In some cases, patients may have to wear a splint on the nose, which will be removed after one week. Most patients are able to return to work or their daily activities, within moderation, 7-10 days after the surgery.

Q:  When can I exercise after a rhinoplasty?
A:  Typically, patients can begin light walking at 2 weeks after surgery and gradually increase their activity over 3-4 weeks.  At that time, most patients can begin to resume strenuous exercise.  If patients notice nasal swelling after exercise, that typically means that patients are undergoing too much exercise and they need to scale back their activity.

For more rhinoplasty recovery questions, please visit our FAQ page.

Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation Today

Now that there is a better understanding of what it is like to recover after rhinoplasty, please contact the office in Charlotte to discuss moving forward with the procedure. During the initial consultation, Dr. Kulbersh will be able to address each and every concern while developing a unique plan. To schedule an appointment at Carolina Facial Plastics today, please call (704) 323-5090.

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