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How Long Will my Nose be Fragile After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

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After rhinoplasty surgery — or a “nose job” — the tissues and structures of the nose will be relatively delicate as they heal. Even something as seemingly innocent as wearing glasses or pulling your shirt over your head can damage a healing nose, delaying the recovery process and compromising your aesthetic outcome. To help ensure a comfortable and successful recovery and optimal results, top Houston, TX board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eugene Alford and the knowledgeable team at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery take ample time to discuss rhinoplasty aftercare guidelines and instructions with all patients prior to surgery. Here, you’ll find a helpful summary of what to expect after nose surgery, including how long your nose will be considered fragile and when you may be able to resume your normal daily routines.

How does rhinoplasty work?

There are many different options for cosmetic and functional nose surgery available today, and each rhinoplasty technique can be further modified to meet the specific needs of the individual patient. Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Based on the patient’s nasal anatomy, desired outcome, and other factors, Dr. Gene will curate a customized surgical plan that may include bone reduction, cartilage removal, cartilage grafting, and other techniques. At the conclusion of the case, sutures and/or splints may be used. After the procedure, patients can expect to have postoperative swelling and bruising for several weeks, with the results of their nose job becoming visible at about 4 – 6 weeks following surgery.

Is there anything I shouldn’t do after rhinoplasty surgery?

In some cases, a protective splint may be placed to guard your healing nose, but it is still crucial that patients take extra care to prevent inadvertent damage to the delicate, healing nasal tissues and structures. Some activities that will be strictly off limits during part or all of your rhinoplasty recovery include:

  • Blowing your nose
  • Sleeping on your stomach or side
  • Wearing glasses or sunglasses
  • Strenuous physical activity and exercise
  • Heavy lifting
  • Submerging the nose
  • Inverting the head
  • Playing sports
  • Pulling clothing directly over your head/face/nose
  • Touching or rubbing the nose

When can I blow my nose again after a nose job?

The length of your restrictions after nose surgery will depend on the type of rhinoplasty performed and other individual factors. On average, patients will need to adjust their routines – including avoiding the activities listed above — for about 4 – 6 weeks. After this time, Dr. Gene will evaluate your healing progress and determine whether it may be safe and appropriate for you to resume your usual activities and behaviors, like wearing glasses and exercising. Again, patients should keep in mind that doing so too early can greatly disrupt the healing process and even alter the final outcome of your surgery. With proper rhinoplasty aftercare, however, you can set yourself up for success, comfort, and a stunning new look!

Get the nose you’ve always wanted with rhinoplasty surgery in Houston, TX

Millions of teens, men, and women spend years wishing their nose looked different, but you don’t have to be one of them. Don’t wait another day to enhance your natural beauty and facial harmony. Call Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule your private rhinoplasty consultation with one of the area’s most experienced board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Eugene Alford, today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.