A California rhinoplasty is most often done to create a more aesthetically pleasing and proportionate nose. However, it is sometimes done instead to correct an injury to the nose or to improve breathing. This is an in-depth surgical procedure that is done via outpatient surgery, and that requires a lengthy recovery period. Patients will need to plan on staying at home for a certain number of days before returning to some of their usual activities and will also need to wait even longer before they will see complete results.
When the California patient first comes home after the surgery, he will have packing in his nose and will most likely be wearing a nose splint. This is designed to protect the now quite fragile structures in the nose. This also promotes faster healing by ensuring that there is no unnecessary movement in the area during the first few days of recovery.
The good news for patients is that most recovery is done at home. As an outpatient surgery, California rhinoplasty does not usually require an overnight hospital stay. Instead, within an hour or two of the surgery, the patient can return home. Patients may be able to go back to work within a week. However, very vigorous activities are to be avoided for a month to six weeks. This is to ensure that the area does not begin to bleed again. Although swelling may not go away completely for up to a year, the majority of swelling will dissipate within the first few months.