A common question among patients considering rhinoplasty surgery is how long the healing process will take and how soon they will be able to see their new nose after the procedure is complete. While each patient will handle the recovery differently depending on their health as well as the type and amount of surgery performed, here are a few general guidelines about recovery from Asian rhinoplasty.
Waking Up After Surgery
Since you will be coming out of anesthesia as you wake up, you’ll definitely feel dazed and a little fuzzy. Your nose will feel like you’re congested or you have a bad cold, and it’s possible that you’ll have a slight headache. You also won’t be able to see your nose right away because it will have bandages, a splint, or even a light cast to keep the nose stable and protected immediately after surgery.
Your First Look at Your New Nose
Expect your face and especially your nose to be swollen. There’s just no way around it. Plus, unlike normal cases of swelling, your nose is going to be swollen for a long time. It could take anywhere from six months to two years before your nose is perfectly healed without any tenderness or redness.
The silver lining is that after about three months, seventy percent of the swelling will be gone and as long as you take care of yourself, protect your nose, and manage your recovery responsibly, it’s likely that your nose will be fully recovered in about a year.
Some Mental Tools to Aid You Through Recovery
No. 1: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself
Most people are very judgmental when it comes to their own personal appearances. Cosmetic procedures are designed to improve your physical appearance so that you feel more confident and empowered when you look at yourself in the mirror. It can be easy to feel discouraged during the first few weeks of recovery when all you see is your swollen nose. However, poking and prodding your nose during your recovery and especially during those first few weeks can create some serious issues with the healing process, both physically and mentally.
You can help yourself to feel less discouraged by not constantly checking your appearance in the mirror. Some patients find it helpful to cover up their large household mirrors and rely on smaller ones for spot checks or applying makeup to prevent them seeing their entire face at once.
Also try only evaluating your nose once a week or every two weeks. This will prevent you from constantly analyzing your recovery, making it easier to notice those subtle differences.
Above all, cut yourself some slack! You’re recovering from surgery and that’s going to require some extensive healing.
No. 2: Stay Positive!
Keep a positive outlook on your recovery. Rejoice in those subtle changes. Take pictures at regular intervals and flip through them when you need to remind yourself of how far you’ve come in the healing process. Keep those before and after photos handy to remind yourself of how great you will look and feel once your nose is fully recovered. Maintaining a positive and encouraging attitude will go a long way to speeding you through those long periods of swelling and redness.
No. 3: Most Importantly, Be Patient
This recovery takes a long time. That’s why patience is the most important mental tool to utilize during this process. Staring at your nose, willing it to be healed is not going to work, no matter how hard you concentrate. Neither will constantly asking your doctor why your nose is still swollen when it’s only been a few weeks since your surgery.
By all means, contact your doctor if you feel there is a problem with your recovery or if you have questions. That’s part of being a patient. However, keep in mind that extended healing deadline and try not to fuss over how long the process is taking. If you take your medications, are careful with your nose, and follow any other instructions from your doctor, your recovery shouldn’t have any issues. By keeping yourself occupied and practicing patience, you’ll get to see those amazing results before you know it.
Choosing the Right Doctor
When meeting with Dr. Nassif, patients should be clear about the appearance they want so they can be sure they get the correct procedure. To schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills, CA, office by calling (310) 275-2467. The doctor can also be reached toll free at (888) 385-0066, or by scheduling a meeting through Skype or Virtual Consultation, for those patients considering surgery that live out of town.