In this content, Rhinoplasty swelling and healing stages timeline is explained. We would like to point out that the people referred to in this article are 80% of the patients who have undergone rhinoplasty. If you are faced with the opposite of the symptoms, we recommend that you consult your doctor.
If you are not satisfied with the new shape of your nose and you have not had a functionally successful operation, start planning the second operation, called Revision Rhinoplasty, after at least 6 months. Because this period is the closest to the final state of rhinoplasty surgery.
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1st Week After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
The protective coating stays in place for 4 to 6 days. If you have staples and non-melting seams, these are; The splints and protective covering will be removed by your doctor. You may feel some swelling at this point, but the difficulty in breathing through your nose will decrease considerably.
You will see the changes made after the overlay is removed. This is the first moment of surprise. Bingo! If you had a lump on your nose, it’s gone now. Your profile view has changed beyond belief. Your nose tip is thinner and therefore you now have a very good idea of the result.
Your swelling regresses every day and if there is bruising, the color becomes lighter; evolves from purple to green and then to yellow. This is great news for you. Because it is much easier to hide green and yellow cosmetically.
Although parts of your nose and face are still very sensitive to touch at this point, your pain level should be fairly low and easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. If you experience the opposite, we recommend that you consult your doctor immediately.
2nd Week After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
In the 2-week period, the nose continues to develop and thin. The second week is a period of rapid progression in the reduction of swelling. Even if there is some bruising, it is momentary; it usually goes away immediately and the new shape of the nose becomes more prominent and distinguishable as the swelling decreases. Therefore, at the end of the second week, you will look very good.
You don’t need much clinical treatment at this stage. Typically, you won’t need to see a doctor for a few more weeks just for a routine checkup, unless it’s an accident or major reconstruction from previous surgery or respiratory surgeries.
The period when patients usually return to their activities is the 2nd week. However, we still think that it is necessary to rest for 1 more week for exercises.
3rd Week After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
Little evidence remains that you had the surgery. You can return to your cardio exercises at this time with peace of mind. The shape of your nose will be more pronounced as the swelling decreases further. Three weeks after the operation, the patient begins to see the true result of the operation. During this period, you should not cut off communication with your doctor and follow his recommendations.
1st Month After Rhinoplasty
(Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
You look very good. This is the period when there is no evidence that you have had an operation. But still, remember; your nose is very good at 1 month, much better at 2 months.
2nd Month After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
Now that the bone structure has settled and stabilized, you can continue with weight lifting exercises, wear glasses if you want, and blow your nose loudly if necessary. Healing process continues to develop very rapidly.
3rd Month After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
In Rhinoplasty, the 3rd month is the period in which 90% of the recovery takes place. Remember that rhinoplasty involves changing the shape of the nose by changing the bone and cartilage structure, so the raised skin continues to shrink towards its new size. Typically the results at 3 months are considered very close to the final result, but will look even better at 6 months and much better in the first year.
6th Month After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
We like to see our patients at 6 months and 1 year after rhinoplasty. More precisely, we love to see their happiness. We compare their previous appearances with pre- and post-operative photos, especially since they often forget at 6 months.
If you are experiencing any sensation issues inside your nose or on the skin of your nose, these will be completely resolved at this stage. If you feel any discomfort, you should share it with your doctor.
Do You Need Revision Rhinoplasty?
The international average for revision rhinoplasty, which means rhinoplasty that needs to be re-done due to unsuccessful aesthetic or functional results, is approximately 15%. Generally, the decision for this second surgery should be made between at least 6 and 12 months. Because, as we mentioned in the introduction, the final result of rhinoplasty begins to be seen in this period.
Many people come to us after a previous operation and ask us to do revision rhinoplasty. For this reason, we repeatedly emphasize the importance of finding a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon for people who have not yet undergone rhinoplasty. Finding a specialist rhinoplasty surgeon like Assoc. Prof. Dr. Baki Yilmaz can save you the time, expense, and low self-esteem of a repeated operation. For more information, we recommend you to read our Revision Nose Surgery article.
12th Month After Rhinoplasty (Rhinoplasty Swelling and Healing)
While rhinoplasty is considered complete between 3-6 months, there is naturally more maturation at the end of the 1-year period. The healing process has been completed. The repositioned cartilage fully conformed to the new nose shape, and the tip of the nose became even thinner. Likewise, as the last and tiny traces of swelling under the skin recede, the width becomes narrower. Just like a wine that has been carefully produced… Time has made the nose even more beautiful.
During and after a one-year period, doctor visits continue as needed during these phases. During this time, the final result is fully revealed and you get real pleasure from your appearance, forgetting that you have had rhinoplasty. Your current nose will always look like a part of your face, and looking at old photos will make you feel somewhat interesting.
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