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Rhinoplasty Surgery

Recovery

Nose

Full recovery after rhinoplasty can take from 6 weeks to 6 months. Recovering from swelling and bruising usually takes 1 - 6 weeks for closed surgery, 1 - 5 months for open surgery.

While numbness can last for several weeks, you can usually return to work in about 3 weeks. Be sure and wear sun block for several months; it is also recommended for long-term use. Keep your head elevated when you sleep.

During recovery your nose may be asymmetrical (irregular or lopsided), crooked, swollen, bruised, numb, and painful. You will need to wear a splint and possibly ice packs for 2 to 6 days. Pain medication and sleeping pills can manage your pain and sleep issues.

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