All rhinoplasty surgeries are not created equally if they are performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS. There are many determining factors that must be taken into account for a successful post-operative result, such as medical history, facial anatomy, and features unique to a patient’s looks. A nose job is entirely customizable when performed correctly.
Nasal healing times can vary, but most patients’ final results will be apparent 18-24 months following rhinoplasty. There are many stages of the healing process and patients must have realistic expectations for what to expect during this timeframe. When people enter this process fully informed, they may allow recovery to take place without constant concern. Some surgeons fail to explain to patients that both function and form are affected during this time.
Rhinoplasty Healing – Phase 1:
The inner nasal tissues will be swollen, and may prevent patients from breathing through their nose after the surgery. Through medication, icing, and the elevation of the head, this will begin to subside within a few days to a week postoperatively. Other areas of the face may be swollen, most commonly the cheeks and upper lip.
The nose may appear upturned, where the nostrils are fully visible for one or more days, but this is just to prevent a droopy tip as the tissues settle into place. A nasal cast will cover the majority of the nose for the first week, but is then removed to reveal a reshaped nose. Some patients note bruising, especially “black eyes” and redness of the nasal tip.
Rhinoplasty Healing – Phase 2:
After the nasal cast is removed, Dr. Naderi may create minor adjustments to the structure. In some cases, areas of the nose remain slightly pliable and can be reshaped for final results. This is especially true of Asian rhinoplasty, where the DCF (diced cartilage wrapped in fascia) technique is utilized.
The doctor exhibits a level of expertise unsurpassed by his peers, with methods that do not require the need for nasal packing. A nasal cast and some bandages and tape are typically the extent of exterior nasal dressings. There may be some residual blood within the nose, but nosebleeds are not typical following rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty Healing – Phase 3:
The final stretch of healing can last anywhere from a couple weeks or months after rhinoplastyto two years. The nose consists of multiple tissues, including bone, cartilage, and blood vessels, all of which recover at different rates. In the first two weeks following the procedure, patients will notice their new nose take shape; however, much of the residual swelling is not noticed by patients and very subtly decreases over the lengthy healing period.
It is important for patients to be informed of each phase of healing so they know what to expect after surgery. While most patients find that the nose has been improved just a week after rhinoplasty, changes that refine the nose take time to evolve. Dr. Naderi hopes to inform interested candidates of the healing process so they can fully embrace the rhinoplasty process.
Visiting Dr. Naderi’s Office for Rhinoplasty
Washington, D.C.-area facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, ShervinNaderi, MD, FACS caters to patients through two office locations: One on 297 Herndon Parkway, Suite 101, Herndon, VA, 20170, which can be reached at (703) 481-0002. The other is located at 5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1655 Chevy Chase, MD, 20815, and can be reached at (301) 222-2020.
Contact the doctor’s specialty rhinoplasty practice website through his Contact Form.