Depending on the extent of nasal surgery, recovery times vary between individuals. You should allow 1-2 weeks off work as the initial swelling and bruising around the eyes and cheeks settle. To protect your reshaped nose, most patients are required to wear a nasal splint during the first 7–10 days and use a SPF 50+ sunscreen to avoid exposing nasal skin to direct sunlight. Whilst gentle exercise may be resumed after 2–3 weeks, strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4–6 weeks following surgery.
Your nose will look different immediately after your procedure, but your final result will not be apparent for 12-18 months. Like the rest of your face, your nose may change shape over time, and surgery will aim to support it and minimise these changes. Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty surgery are fit, have completed facial growth, do not smoke, are not taking blood-thinning medication, and have realistic expectations.
Following your rhinoplasty, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high SPF. For optimal results, peels, regular muscle-relaxing injections and fillers may be recommended.