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The average rhinoplasty recovery time is one year. That may sound like a long time, but it becomes much more manageable when it’s broken down into a timeline. The following recovery milestones may vary from patient to patient, but generally, it goes something like this:
1 Week: The splint can be removed from your nose and you can go out in public without showing noticeable signs of surgery unless there is bruising around the eyes. This may take 2 weeks to resolve. It is safe to resume activities of daily living.
2 Weeks: The majority of the facial swelling has subsided and most of the bruising should have resolved.
3-4 Weeks: You can safely return to cardiovascular activities such as jogging, swimming and cycling.
6 Weeks: The bones are stable, you can resume resistance workouts (weight lifting), wearing glasses and blowing your nose.
3-6 months: The numbness and abnormal sensations in your nose and nasal skin should be resolved.
1 Year: Most people do not even visit the surgeon for a follow up after a year since swelling completely disappears in most cases. But if your skin is very thick or if you underwent a complex nose surgery, then it may take a little longer for the final results to show.
The process may also get delayed if you needed a second surgery due to complications or the result not being close to what you had desired.