Because rhinoplasty is an invasive surgical procedure done on a highly visible location, patients should plan on taking time off for a California nose job recovery. Although recovery can look different for every individual, there are a few basic facts that all patients should keep in mind for their own health and peace of mind.
First, individuals will need to take some time off work and away from usual activities during California nose job recovery. Those who can get two weeks off work will find that they are quite happy with this choice because it takes around this amount of time for a majority of the colorful bruising to leave the face. However, one week of time off work is enough to get the packing removed and to feel a bit better again.
Second, California nose job recovery instructions given by one’s surgeon should be followed carefully for the best results post-operatively. These instructions are designed to reduce the chance of infection or complications and to allow the site to heal well. Follow-up instructions may include information about caring for the incisions, dealing with packing, taking medication and watching for complications.
Third, when patients know what to expect, they will feel far less concerned about how their noses look initially. There will typically be packing in the nose and into the sinuses. Some patients may also have a nasal splint. Bruising and swelling are to be expected but should dissipate within several weeks.
Fourth, patients should be prepared to experience symptoms that may initially feel uncomfortable. While pain is often not a part of the recovery process for most, some other symptoms, such as extreme nasal congestion, may feel quite uncomfortable. Patients may also have dry mouths, tongues, and throats from mouth breathing and may find it more difficult to eat initially. These symptoms quickly pass, and many go away quickly at the follow-up appointment in less than a week when the packing is removed.