Down-time, Healing & Facts Virginia
Each patient has a somewhat different experience after his or her Rhinoplasty but there are some usual trends. For example, if your Plastic Surgeon does not pack your nose then post-operative pain after Rhinoplasty is rare. Dr. Naderi does not routinely pack the nose of his patients and so many of his patients do not take any pain medication after their surgery. If your Plastic Surgeon uses excellent technique then bruising and swelling will be minimized. Shorter operative durations (surgery time) will also usually translate to less post Rhinoplasty swelling. The less bruising and swelling patients have, the quicker they will recover. Typically Dr. Naderi’s Rhinoplasty patients will have about one week of down time. This down time is often due to the desire for privacy. Patients will be required to wear a very small cast on their nose for 5 to 7 days. Most patients will stay home during this period in order not to be seen by friends, classmates, or co-workers. Some patients who are not concerned about such privacy issues will go back to work or school as early as 2 to 3 days after their Rhinoplasty. Typically Dr. Naderi sees his post-operative patients the very next day and then in 4 to 6 days later to take off their nose cast (and sutures if their surgery was an open Rhinoplasty). At that point most patients can head back to work or school with the aid of a little cover-up makeup if there are some light bruises still lingering. Dr. Naderi asks his patients not to exercise in the gym for a total of 2-3 weeks to prevent nosebleeds and minimize swelling. Heavy exercise will increase swelling. Excess heat, changes in altitude, and other factors can also adversely affect swelling. But for most patients, their “true down time” is only the first 5 to 7 days with the tiny cast on their nose. Dr. Naderi asks his nose job patients not to wear glasses or partake in contact sports for a total 1 to 3 months after their Rhinoplasty if their bones were broken and need to set. While it’s a fact that healing after Rhinoplasty takes years, the down time for most patients is about a week for all practical purposes. But the nose will continue to change for weeks and months and even years. Most patients are surprised to see how their noses continue to refine and get more definition even 2, 3 or 5 years later and so on.