How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty surgery?
November 13, 2019
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is gaining popularity, many who are considering to have the procedure would ask how long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty? This article would focus on the recovery period of rhinoplasty surgeries, what to expect and how long it usually takes. Read the story when a dog attacked a man’s face and he needed rhinoplasty to recover.
What is rhinoplasty?
This is the medical term for a “nose job”. Rhinoplasty surgery is used to correct the shape or improve the function of the nose. It is done to improve the shape and size of a person’s nose if they are not satisfied with the way it looks. This type of surgery can also be done as a procedure to correct defects and disfigurement of the nose to help the patient breathe better, and to correct any anomaly in the size or shape of the nose caused by any birth defects.
What can you expect during the recovery period of a rhinoplasty?
After the surgery would be finished, the patient will usually be required to wear a nasal splint for the first few days up to the first week. This is recommended so that the shape of the newly operated nose will stay in place for the first few days of healing. If the nasal splint is removed before the recommended time, the structural integrity of the nose might not hold.
Swelling is expected for up to two weeks after the surgery. This swelling can affect the nose and around the eyes. The swelling should be reduced to a minimum after the first week and will subside slowly during the next six months.
During the first three weeks of the recovery period, the patient should avoid any strenuous activities. The surgery will heal faster if the patient gets enough rest for the first few weeks following the procedure.
How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?
You can be able to resume your normal day-to-day activities a few weeks after the surgery, and you can take off the nasal splint after a week, but it would take much longer for your nose to heal. It would take anywhere from six months to 18 months for the surgical site to completely heal. The patient can expect the look of their nose to change as it heals. They would only be able to see the final form of their nose after it has fully healed. There are some instances where the patient will not be satisfied with the result, but most rhinoplasty patients are satisfied with the final look of their nose after it has healed.
Will insurance cover this procedure?
The general rule of thumb that is applied to any insurance covering a surgical procedure is that if it is for cosmetic purposes, the insurance will not likely cover the costs. However, there are some instances where rhinoplasty is used as a medically necessary procedure. In this case, there is a chance that insurance will cover the costs, however, it will be wise to verify this with your surgeon and insurance agent before going under the knife.