Many of my patients ask me what”s involved in recovering from rhinoplasty in Toronto. By working as a team, my patient, my staff, and I can ensure that the recovery process goes smoothly, resulting in minimal downtime, effective healing, and beautiful results.
Here”s what nose surgery patients can expect as they heal:
- Week 1: Most patients wear a nasal splint on the outside of their nose. This little splint protects your nose and its new and improved shape. Because I want my patients to heal comfortably, I avoid nasal packing in most situations. I remove the splint and any tiny stitches that might be needed in 5 to 7 days. For the first day, I will ask you to rest and to use cold compresses for that day and the next few days. You”ll sleep with your head elevated. You may have a small amount of bruising and swelling around your eyes and on your nose. The amount of bruising and swelling varies from patient to patient, but should begin to fade within a few days following the procedure. I allow patients to use makeup after 5 days, and you should feel well enough to go out after about a week.
- Week 2: Most patients return to work within 1 to 2 weeks, and most are cleared to start exercising again after week 2.
- Beyond: I ask patients to wear sunscreen regularly for several months to protect their sensitive skin. Your nose will continue to improve and subtly change through the months after surgery. I love hearing from my patients just how much their appearance and self-confidence have improved after their nose surgery.