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what to expect from a rhinoplastyOne of the most important aspects of rhinoplasty, a procedure that can significantly enhance the appearance and function of the nose, is the successful management of the recovery process. Proper protection of the nose, ample rest, and adherence to post-operative instructions are essential to reduce the potential for complications and to ensure the best possible results.

Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Miller, will go over the risks and benefits of rhinoplasty and what you can expect during the recovery process during your initial consultation. Although every patient is unique and your recovery will depend on the specifics of your customized nose surgery procedure, there are some basic elements for which you can prepare. You can expect some swelling and bruising around the nose following surgery. While swelling should fade significantly over the ensuing days, it may take several months for it to go down completely. Pain and discomfort can be alleviated with medication. Casts, nasal splints (if necessary), and bandages are typically removed after about one week. You should keep your head elevated for several days after rhinoplasty surgery, and you should take special care to protect the nose from harm for several months.

Most patients are able to resume normal daily activities within one week from completion of the procedure. Dr. Miller will meet with you for follow-up appointments during recovery to ensure that you are healing properly. While the results of rhinoplasty will likely become noticeable within the first few weeks, patients should keep in mind that it may take several months for the optimal outcome to become fully apparent.

Ultimately, rhinoplasty can resolve lifelong issues you may have had with the function or appearance of your nose. Dr. Miller is committed to providing patients with the most natural-looking nose surgery results possible and helping them attain a smooth recovery.

If you would like more information on rhinoplasty and nose surgery options available at our practice, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, please contact us today.