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Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) Recovery | Northern Virginia Plastic SurgeonNose job surgery, clinically called rhinoplasty, is an intricate procedure. The nature and extent of surgery can vary from one patient to another in rhinoplasty. Therefore, the recovery process can also differ in each case.

Dr. V is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing rhinoplasty and other procedures to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and surrounding locations. Dr. V will discuss the recovery process with her patients during the initial consultation.

Initial Period of Recovery

Mild pain and discomfort around the treated area will be experienced for the first few days. Some patients may also experience a dull headache for a brief period. Unless the patient suffers from an infection, severe pain may not occur. Pain medications prescribed by the plastic surgeon can keep the patient comfortable. Nasal congestion is a typical occurrence following a nose job because of the internal swelling in the nose.

The congestion will disappear as the swelling resolves over the next few weeks. Patients with a complaint of breathing difficulty through the nostrils prior to the surgery will most likely experience immediate relief despite the swelling. In some cases, the surgeon may prescribe sleep aid drugs, if the nasal congestion makes it difficult to sleep.

Nose blowing should be avoided until the surgeon allows it. The extent of bruising and swelling in each case will also depend on what surgical technique was adopted for the procedure and how delicately the surgeon handled the nasal tissue.

Returning to Work

In most cases, the patients will be ready to go back to work within a week to 10 days after the surgery. Most patients will have a cast on the nose during the first week, which will be removed along with the stitches at the end of the first week. Mild bruising and swelling will still show during the second week, but the patient may apply makeup to tone down the appearance of the treated area.

Face should be washed and cleaned gently for the first few days. Jobs involving excess physical activity should be avoided for about two weeks. Dr. V will guide her patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and other areas about various aspects of the recovery.

Final Stages of Recovery

A large part of the swelling will get resolved by the end of the third week after rhinoplasty. The patient will be able to notice conspicuous improvements in the shape or size of the nose. However, more detailed outcomes will become noticeable only after about two months when nearly 90 percent of the swelling will have disappeared.

During the initial few weeks, the nasal tip may feel a little numb, which can make the patient more self-conscious. More natural effects will appear with the passage of time, and the complete natural feeling about the nose will return. Results in case of rhinoplasty will last for many years, and may even be permanent in several cases.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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