The average recovery time for a nose job is approximate one to two weeks. The recovery time is significantly affected by various factors such as incidences of infection and the type of nose rhinoplasty done.

Following rhinoplasty, the nose can undergo episodes of recovery within the first 10 weeks. This is characterized by swelling and bruising which dissipates gradually within the first two weeks, making the appearance of the nose to change.

The cast is removed mostly during the first week but the nose at this time is still swollen.


At the second week of nose job recovery, the swelling subsidize and an observer cannot be able to identify any swelling or bruising.

Your face may feel puffy due to swollen eyes and aching nose at the first 2 to 3 days of nose job recovery. To reduce the pain, it is important to use painkillers prescribed by your doctor.

For approximate three weeks, your eyes may appear swollen and bruised. Bleeding during the early days of nose job is also witnessed in some patients. During this period, your nose will be stuffy and you are forced to breathe through the mouth.

Stitches used to close the incision are then removed within the first week of operation. This means that you may need to use some antibiotics only prescribed by your doctor so as to prevent infections.

Rhinoplasty procedure

Rhinoplasty procedure

Patient who smokes may experience an extended recovery time of up to three weeks which may be accompanied by side effects such as numbness and skin peeling.

Tips to reduce swelling during nose job recovery time

Recovery and bruising are common side effects that need to be handled seriously. Although some degree of swelling is expected, it is good to come up with measures that will reduce the swelling and bruising associated. These measures include;

  1. Avoid interfering with the nose as it recovers
  2. Use ice packs to minimize face swelling
  3. Avoid going back to your daily activities too quickly
  4. Stay hydrated especially in the first few weeks by drinking plenty of water
  5. Get some rest and eat right foods which will boost your immune system and prevent infections.

The splints or tape is used to facilitate nose job recovery. It is placed over the nose by a surgeon so as to hold the new nose structure into correct position. The slight pressure given by the tape relieves the swelling facilitating short time recovery.

During recovery, don’t laugh too hard. This may make you feel more pain and can cause internal nose bleeding. It is also important not to eat foods which require heavy chewing.

Remember, your nose needs to remain in its shape and thus, chewing heavily may interfere with its reconstruction. Most of the time, your doctor will advice you not to blow your nose for a period of two weeks so as to promote healing and recovery.

It is important to avoid strenuous exercises for a period of two weeks of nose job recovery. During the third week of recovery, you can engage yourself into slight exercises that do not aggressively move your body up and down. To accelerate nose job recovery time, it is important to avoid activities which may get you smacked on the face.

Since many patients are up and able to return to work after a couple of days, it is important to follow the doctor’s recommendation of staying off work for approximate two weeks. This is important so as to promote recovery, healing and tissue regeneration.