How Long Does It Take For Rhinoplasty To Heal?

Our practice enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the best places for rhinoplasty surgery in Manchester. If you are considering coming to Manchester Plastic Surgery for your rhinoplasty treatment, what can you expect during recovery?

Rhinoplasty is perhaps one of the most visible plastic surgery options, so it’s not surprising that many patients are concerned about the healing process.

While there is no hiding the fact that you have had rhinoplasty in the initial days after surgery, it should only be a couple of weeks before you can remove the dressings and face the world, without worrying that everyone will stare at you.

Beginning your recovery

Once we have completed your rhinoplasty surgery, we will apply a dressing which will completely cover your nose. It will be a white covering, taped the width and length of your nose, covering part of your cheeks. Underneath the dressing will be a splint made of tape and an overlay of plastic, metal or plaster to protect the new shape of your nose, and you may have nasal packing though this will be removed the day after surgery.

The dressing will need to stay in place until you attend your follow up appointment around a week later when any stitches will usually be removed. We appreciate you will be keen to see the results of your surgery, but this is not possible in the immediate aftermath of treatment.

Removing the dressings

When the dressings are removed your nose will still be swollen and it may even be a little bruised. The degree of swelling and bruising varies from patient to patient of course, but if you follow your after-care instructions you should be able to return to work and get out and about as normal around a fortnight after surgery.

Three weeks later

After three weeks most of the bruising and swelling should have settled and your surgery will be barely noticeable. Your nose is still unlikely to be fully settled into its new shape, however, that usually takes between six and eight weeks.

Three months later

Your nose should be fully settled into its new shape though don’t be alarmed if there is still some bruising and swelling. Everyone’s face responds differently to surgery and it may take up to six months for the swelling to disappear completely. Beyond six weeks, however, the swelling shouldn’t be particularly pronounced, so you should feel able to get back to work and normal life without other people noticing you’ve had surgery.

Exploring whether rhinoplasty is right for you

If you are unhappy with the shape of your nose then you may wish to find out more about rhinoplasty by attending an initial consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons. Manchester Plastic Surgery is home to some of the most reputable and experienced plastic surgeons, including Mr James Murphy who carries out the most rhinoplasty treatments in the region.

Recovery from rhinoplasty and any other questions will be covered in detail during your initial consultation.

If you would like to learn more about this procedure or are interested in a consultation, fill out the form below or call us on 0800 015 0622