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When Will I See My Rhinoplasty Results?

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Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the nose’s shape and size. The results of nose job are usually life-changing for persons who have always been self-conscious about the look of their natural nose size or shape. While rhinoplasty results significantly affect patients’ confidence, it is critical to be informed before undergoing rhinoplasty that the path to recovery is long and takes patience.

Most patients will not experience the complete effects of their nose operation for at least 12 to 18 months. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, visible swelling reduces within a few weeks following surgery. However, new nasal contours might take up to a year to fully develop.

Most patients think the noticeable improvements they experience around a year after their rhinoplasty make the long waiting time worthwhile, even if it is lengthy. According to the RealSelf ratings of over 15,000 rhinoplasty patients, 89% say the results are valuable.

Although the outcomes may not be visible for a year after surgery, many patients observe a noticeable difference in the looks of their noses and have an idea of what the outcome is going to look like around 4 to 6 months after their rhinoplasty, with most of the initial swelling gone by the four-month mark.

Around 4-6 weeks following your rhinoplasty, you should see a significant reduction in post-operative swelling. While you will still feel swelling in your nose because you look in the mirror every day, other people will not and will not be able to tell you had a nose operation at this stage. To get the best rhinoplasty recovery and results, consider getting a nose job in Dubai at Bizrahmed!

Stages of Rhinoplasty Recovery

Patients frequently ask me how long it takes to recover after rhinoplasty. Consider your healing process in two stages: initial recovery and long-term healing:

  • Stage 1: Visible swelling and bruising immediately after the operation. The early, visible post-surgical symptoms should fade between two and four weeks following surgery. Most patients may return to work within two weeks, and any remaining bruises are usually hidden with bronzer or concealer.
  • Stage 2: Development of final results over time. The last stage involves experiencing your rhinoplasty results come to reality while you recover. Most patients experience a “semifinal” outcome after three months, with the most swelling gone. It is not until a full year after the operation, approximately 12 to 14 months, that rhinoplasty results are completely definitive; most random people will not detect much change until the final few months.

Taking care of your body for maximum healing is necessary, so here are some additional recommendations for rhinoplasty patients. 

How Can I Promote Healing After Rhinoplasty?

As your nose recovers after a nose job, showing patience with your body’s natural healing process is crucial. 

Take A Break From The Weights And The Treadmill

You should avoid intense exercise until your doctor permits you to do so. It usually takes six weeks for your nose to recover enough to allow you to return to the gym. Before returning to your routine, consult your surgeon first because everyone recovers differently and at a different speed.

Exercise before it’s safe after a nose job puts you at risk for higher blood pressure and worsening swelling, pain, and bleeding. Exercising too soon after a nose operation might cause issues with the looks and functioning of your final results in some situations.

Avoid Blowing Your Nose

We usually recommend waiting at least 4 to 6 weeks after rhinoplasty before blowing your nose because it might damage your nasal tissues, displace your internal splint, and create additional problems like blood clots or bleeding.

Avoid Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Soft tissue healing, bleeding, hematomas, infections, and increased bruising can all be consequences of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen. Avoid them until your doctor verifies that they are safe to take again.

Get Plenty Of Rest

This recommendation is challenging for those who lead a busy lifestyle and want to keep their bodies moving, but you must allow yourself to relax after rhinoplasty. Rest and time away from work can speed up healing, minimize bruising and swelling, and lower the chance of problems like infection.

Go For Light Walks

Although doctors advise against rigorous activity after rhinoplasty, taking mild walks during healing can help your body repair. Dr. Bizrah may recommend light walking the day after surgery to lessen the risk of blood clot formation.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, some helpful strategies for quick recovery after rhinoplasty include:

  • Minimize sun exposure
  • Avoid impact on your face
  • Keep your head elevated (especially while sleeping)
  • Don’t put too much stress on your nose while wearing glasses

What Results Can I Expect After My Rhinoplasty?

Because each nose is unique, rhinoplasty does not always provide a “one size fits all” outcome. Patients have varied concerns and goals when considering a nose job. Therefore, the results you may expect depend mostly on what you want to achieve with your procedure. 

The following are the most common reasons why people consider rhinoplasty:

  • More symmetric nose
  • Narrower bridge
  • Slimmer nostrils
  • Tip refinement for abnormally shaped tips or enhanced bulbous tips
  • Reduced dorsal hump
  • Improved breathing issues
  • Improved hanging columella 

If you have any of the above-mentioned issues, you should expect to see changes after your rhinoplasty surgery. However, this will depend on whether they are practically and safely possible for your nose.

Dr. Bizrah has a wide range of methods at his disposal to tailor each nose job to each patient and their specific nose, whether it’s lateral crural strut grafts to reposition, reconstruct, and reshape the lateral crura to enhance the appearance of the soft tissue or tip grafting to hide abnormalities in the noses of patients with thin skin. While many rhinoplasty operations involve the stitching, trimming, or grafting of nasal cartilage, how this occurs differs from patient to patient.

If your deviated septum is causing breathing difficulties, we may recommend a septoplasty to improve breathing and correct the asymmetric appearance. We occasionally recommend septorhinoplasty to patients who want to improve the function and look of their noses. When compared to rhinoplasty or septoplasty alone, the need for septorhinoplasty will not extend your recovery time.

What If I’m Unhappy With My Rhinoplasty Results?

Suppose you still need to improve the aesthetics or functionality of your nose after your initial rhinoplasty treatment. You can consider revision rhinoplasty to improve or alter your results. Your surgeon doesn’t recommend revision rhinoplasty until one to twelve years after your first rhinoplasty. Your body needs time to recover completely. The long-term effects may take time to manifest, allowing the swelling to diminish.

Some common reasons patients may seek revision surgery to improve previous rhinoplasty results include:

  • Residual dorsal humps
  • An over-rotated tip
  • Misshapen cartilage around the tip
  • Excessive alar-columellar show
  • The size of the nose 
  • Mid-profile collapse

If your initial rhinoplasty included harvesting cartilage from your septum, you may need MTF (cadaver) cartilage throughout revision rhinoplasty to resolve persisting issues.

Which Recovery Is Longer: Revision Rhinoplasty vs. Primary Rhinoplasty?

Patients frequently come to our surgeons for revision rhinoplasty after receiving poor results from before and express worries such as, “Will swelling last even longer than it did after my first surgery?” 

Because the tissue already changed before revision rhinoplasty, the second operation was more complex than the first. A more extensive surgery may result in a prolonged recovery period for more severe repairs. Some individuals may require almost the same time to heal after revision rhinoplasty as they did from the first.

How Long Do Rhinoplasty Results Last?

Your rhinoplasty results should be long-lasting. You shouldn’t require any maintenance treatments if there is no need for a revision to refine your initial rhinoplasty results. Ageing may cause minor alterations to your results, but this happens to everyone, whether or not they have rhinoplasty, and the overall structure of your new nose should be permanent.

Ready To Reshape Your Nose?

Cosmetic nose surgery may change people’s lives. Allow your loved ones and friends to look at them from all angles without worrying about their “bad side” and no longer pose in ways to mask worries about their noses. Many of Dr. Bashir Bizrahmed’s plastic surgery patients believe their results have enhanced their quality of life. Book an appointment for rhinoplasty in Dubai at Bizrahmed to begin your path to greater confidence.

 

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