Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

If you’re looking into cosmetic or nasal surgery, one of your concerns is probably the recovery process.

How long does it take to recover from Rhinoplasty, and is there anything specific you should know about the process?

After your surgery, you may be required to wear a splint to protect your nose and hold it in place as it heals into its new shape. You will probably wear your splint for around a week. You may also wear nasal packs in your nostrils in order to reduce swelling and staunch bleeding. You will probably experience mild to moderate discomfort or pain after your surgery, for which you will be prescribed pain killing medications. The majority of Rhinoplasty patients are well enough recovered that they can stop taking them after just 48 hours. You may also have some nausea after your surgery, particularly if you chose to use general anesthesia.

Along with the pain and discomfort, you may experience a feeling of congestion in your nose, but you must not blow your nose for a week! You can take a decongestant for this, but you want to avoid NSAIDs, since they can increase your bleeding. Bruising and swelling are common, and some patients find themselves with black eyes. Apply ice to reduce your bruising. Keep your head elevated, and always sleep on your back. If you wear glasses, ask for instructions.

Your swelling should go down after a couple of weeks, and most patients return to work within 10 days. After about a month you should be mostly recovered from Rhinoplasty. Swelling effects may linger for up to a year. If you experience a fever after Rhinoplasty, see a physician, as you may have an infection.

Rhinoplasty Cost – US

You can often expect to pay somewhere between $4,000 to as much as $12,000 for rhinoplasty surgery, with the potential of additional costs as well. While there is the price of the procedure, other expenses that you might discover on top could include x-rays, facility fees, and the fees of the anesthesiologist, which can add a considerable amount to the original price.

While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggests the average cost of rhinoplasty us about $3,833, this rate does not include the facility and anesthesia fees or any other expenses while undergoing plastic surgery for the nose. The basic fees to be aware of for the cost of rhinoplasty, or any other cosmetic surgery, include the facility fee, the anesthesia fee, and then there is the rhinoplasty fee which goes to the surgeon performing the procedure.

Another consideration is how extensive your procedure is, and should you require an overnight stay for observation or any other reason that will add to the expense. Most rhinoplasty surgery is performed as outpatient procedures, unless it is a more complicated type of procedure that requires an overnight stay during recovery.

It’s wise to ask a lot of questions up front to get all the details regarding the cost of rhinoplasty so that you’re well aware of the assorted fees involved. When it comes to rhinoplasty cost and affordable options, a couple considerations include medical tourism, insurance, and medical loans.


What is rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty is a short surgery, lasting only a couple of hours typically. The procedure can obviously vary a great deal depending on what you want done, but during this time you will be under anesthesia.

Usually the procedure involves the removal of the skin from your nose, after which your surgeon will proceed to reshape the underlying cartilage and bone according to your specifications. Once the work is complete, the skin will be replaced, and then the surgery will be over. You may need to wear a splint on your nose afterwards for a time, depending on the procedure.

You can get all manner of structural adjustments with Rhinoplasty. You can have your nose made larger or smaller, change the orientation of the nostrils or the bridge of the nose, or modify the angle between your upper lip and nose.

Do you have a birth defect, or an injury which has damaged your nose? Whether for aesthetic or functional reasons, it would make sense for you to want to repair the damage. Rhinoplasty can be used to restore your nose to its original shape before your injury, or to create a new shape for your nose to correct a birth defect.

Do you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring problems? Sleep apnea, a condition in which your breathing ceases at frequent intervals as you rest, can be not only frightening, but sometimes even life threatening. Both these problems can be caused by structural problems in the nose, and sometimes Rhinoplasty can be used to correct them. Sufferers of snoring and sleep apnea are often prime candidates for Rhinoplasty.

Finally, are you dissatisfied with your appearance, and simply want to change the shape of your nose so that you can look the way you want to look? Rhinoplasty can be a purely cosmetic procedure as well. Unfortunately cosmetic procedures are looked upon as “elective” by insurance providers, so you may not be able to get coverage for it. That doesn’t mean you can’t afford Rhinoplasty though. Medical tourism may be able to help you out there.