An Overview of Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job”, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. If you’re unhappy with the size or shape of your nose, or other characteristics, rhinoplasty may be right for you. Besides cosmetic applications, rhinoplasty is also done as a way to correct birth defects, repair nasal injuries, and help relieve breathing issues. Surgery to improve nasal breathing (septoplasty) is often performed at the time of rhinoplasty and is commonly covered by your medical insurance. However, rhinoplasty for correction of congenital nasal shape is not often covered by insurance, however.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

After your procedure, a splint and/or packing will be put inside of your nose with bandages or a splint placed on the outside of your nose in order to protect and support it while your begin healing. In general, swelling you experience initially will diminish in a few weeks. However, it can take up to a year for swelling to completely subside, showing the permanent outcome of the surgical procedure. As always, make sure you follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions in order to have the shortest and easiest recovery.

Rhinoplasty Results

As mentioned above, it can take up to a year to see the full results of your rhinoplasty – with gradual changes happening over time. However, those results are considered long-lasting. While these results are considered relatively permanent, as you age, you will experience some changes in your face, which of course, includes your nose. An important part of ensuring ideal results is to lead a healthy lifestyle including using sun protection.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about rhinoplasty in Kalamazoo, or any of our other facial or body contouring procedures, please do not hesitate to contact Parkway Plastic Surgery today!