So you had your rhinoplasty done, what next can you expect after all has been said and done? 

In a perfect world, you can simply go out and skip your blissful way with your newly chiseled nose. But since we all live in the real world which is run by gradual processes, we have to come to terms with it to ensure that we adjust accordingly.

When you have nose surgery, you have to know that you can only enjoy the real outcome when you have overcome the healing process. What then can you expect at this stage? Read on and learn more.


Since nose jobs entails disrupting skin integrity, the trauma created can result to swelling of the surrounding tissues. This is part of the reparative process with degree varying for each patient. One can expect greater swelling if both the internal and external structures are operated. But there are certain steps to minimize the amount of swelling. Applying a cold compress near the area early on after surgery can reduce swelling. You can also elevate the head to prevent fluids from pooling on the surgical area.


You can expect some amount of pain after rhinoplasty, but the degree is expected to differ for every patient. After the procedure, one can experience a tight sensation or a seemingly increased pressure on the due to post-operative swelling. Some may find this more uncomfortable than others and may even be accompanied by a headache. However, the pain expected after nose surgery can be relieved by a prescribed pain reliever. It is important that a patient knows that aspirin or NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) should be avoided because this can thin the blood increasing the risk for bleeding.


The amount of blood that can be expected after rhinoplasty will be minimal. The swelling which results after rhinoplasty can block the nasal passages at first, but when this slowly subside the patient can expect more mucus drainage that is blood-tinged. This is only normal, but should the amount of bleeding increase profusely this has to be reported to the operating surgeon immediately.


Bruising is part of the healing process after a nose job, but not all patients experience this. Any discoloration will simply resolve usually around seven to ten days. If you apply prompt measures to reduce swelling, you also reduce the severity of bruising. Makeup is a good way to conceal this problem just as long as there are no open wounds. Otherwise you might be risking infection, consequently prolonged healing.

You can expect tapes and splints to be placed on your nose after surgery. They can be rather uncomfortable and cumbersome but they have to be kept on until the surgeon removes it because these help any broken bones stay in line.

Recovery Timeline

Heidi Liow kept a video diary during her recovery from Rhinoplasty and chin augmentation. She talks about how she feels before and after the surgeries.

The first day after rhinoplasty surgery can be the most uncomfortable of all, since this can also be accompanied by bouts of nausea due to the after effects of anesthesia. Within 2-3 days’ time, you will start to feel better and you will feel like your old self again within a week.

Adequate recuperation is needed so that you can heal in time. It is best to take time off work for 7-10 days. Some surgeons suggest that patients avoid social interactions like parties or other gatherings for 2-3 weeks because swelling and bruising around this time can still be quite obvious.

Even though full healing can take about a year to achieve, you can already see impressive results after a month. Expect this to improve over time granted that you don’t do anything to damage your new nose, or curtail its healing.