Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping is one of the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures. The nose occupies such a prominent place on the face, therefore the desire to change one’s nose is a big decision.
In addition to the uncertainty of how one will look after the surgical procedure, the concerns about how one will appear and feel during the recovery process are also important. While rhinoplasty surgery is done differently for each and every patient, what will happen after the surgery is fairly standard.
Every patient will have a dressing on the nose after surgery. The dressing consist of tapes and a splint on top of them covering most of the nose except the nostrils. The sole purpose of nasal dressing is to minimise the swelling on the nose and stimulate the skin to join back down to the reshaped cartilage and bone framework.
While the dressing will not eliminate all the swelling, it helps considerably.
It will be removed in a week but it is very important to have the ‘visible sign of having a nose job’ in place after surgery. When it is removed, you should see some of the positive changes but far from the final results which takes many months.
Bruising after rhinoplasty will depend on whether the nasal bones (i.e., nasal osteotomies) were broken as part of the procedure. Most full rhinoplasties will have reshaped bone and cartilage. The bone cutting and narrowing will result in bruising developing under the eyes. (raccoon eyes).
Usually, it will takes several days for the bruising to be fully seen and ten to fourteen days until it goes away completely. If no bone cutting is involved, bruising will not usually develop.
Numbness will be experienced over the nose, particularly on the tip of the nose. This effect is common. This is due to raising up the skin to work on the tip of the nose that cuts the nerves in the skin making it numb for several months.
The feeling will eventually come back as these nerves regrow back into the skin but it will be at least 3 months or more until it all comes back.
The tip of the nose will usually feel very stiff after surgery. This is for best long-term results.
Even though the tip of the nose may have been reshaped, it is strengthened through cartilage grafts and suture techniques to prevent weakening over time as the nose heals. This support method will make the nose feel very stiff. The flexibility in the nose will come back, or at least get softer, by one year after surgery.
Patient may experience slight difficulty in breathing and stuffiness in the nose after rhinoplasties. When the inside of the nose is worked on, considerable stuffiness will exist after surgery. Blood clots will occur in the nose and impaired nasal breathing will be present for several weeks. It will starts to improve. It can take up to six weeks after surgery before the patient can breathe normally. If the rhinoplasty work is restricted just to the visible portions of the nose, congestion and breathing difficulties will not occur.
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