Everything you wanted to know about recovering from a nose job
Cosmetic surgery generally exists to improve a look, yet that look is also meant to go unnoticed. This is particularly true of a rhinoplasty, or nose job. Thankfully, Dr. Mulholland at SpaMedica in Toronto is recognized as one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the country. A rhinoplasty can be performed for medical reasons or for cosmetic ones, such as to alter the size or shape of your nose. This is a cosmetic plastic procedure designed to improve nasofacial balance, function, and overall aesthetic appearance.
While it’s true there are potential complications involved with nose surgery, most are very rare. Dr. Mulholland and his team will thoroughly review the risks and benefits during your consultation, as well as determine whether an internal/endonasal rhinoplasty or an external one is more suited to your needs. With over 2000 happy rhinoplasty patients over the past 25 years, Dr. Mulholland is good at predicting the range of improvements you might expect and he will perform a computer simulated rhinoplasty showing you the probable improvements of your nose job—a “buy-before-you-try” consultation.
Nose surgery recovery
All nose jobs cause swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose, and at times moderate pain and discomfort, but it’s temporary. The nasal tip, however, can stay swollen for five months or so. Other possible issues include injury to your septum, skin irritation, a nasal blockage caused by swelling, and complications from anesthesia. Antibiotics can be prescribed post op as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of infection. No matter what, your surgical team will address any concerns immediately and effectively.
Once the procedure is complete, and incisions closed, a cast is placed on your nose, supported by specialized skin tape. As well, internal packing is placed in the nose for further protection. In the first few days, you will be a “mouth breather,” as it’s not possible to breathe through your nose with nasal packing, but once it’s removed on day three, you’ll be able to breathe freely through your nose again. The cast and sutures are removed on day seven. Most rhinoplasty patients begin to look better after three weeks and are much improved after six weeks, while 70 to 80% of improvement can be seen at seven months, and final results can take up to a year, especially at the nasal tip. So while recovery post nose surgery is not exactly quick, most patients are very happy with their choice after the fact.
Rhinoplasty after care
Expect to need about six-eight weeks before getting back to your usual activities. It’s important to take after care seriously to ensure proper healing. This means not touching your nose unnecessarily, avoiding physical exertion, opting for contacts instead of glasses, staying out of the sun, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes for a while, staying hydrated, and eating healthy. Many of these are tips for a well-balanced life anyway, so you may just create some good habits!
Thinking about getting a nose job? Set up an appointment at SpaMedica in Toronto today to discuss your goals with our knowledgeable staff.