Facial cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty is becoming more mainstream every year. Commonly referred to as a nose job, Toronto patients schedule hundreds of these procedures each year with rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Phillip Solomon. One comment he often hears is that people are nervous about their recovery. While there is an abundance of information all over the Internet about cosmetic surgery and recovery, it’s also easy to find conflicting or downright disturbing information which makes planning a little intimidating.
Plenty of people put off booking their procedure because they’re not sure how long it will take. At the Solomon Nasal and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Centre, we find that much of the unnecessary anxiety which comes with anticipation, vanishes when patients are well-informed, prepared and know exactly what to expect from their nasal surgery. We’d like to present an overview and invite you to contact our clinic for more detailed and personalized advice.
You may hear some different timeframes when you ask, “How long is the recovery?” Patients need to know how long to take off work, school and other daily activities. Anywhere from 7 days to several months can be classified as “recovery time” but let’s be specific.
The time required to rest and heal at home- 1-week minimum. You’ll have some swelling and bruising in the nose and face, plus a cast over the area for 1 week. Your surgeon will see you around the 7-day mark to remove the cast and assess you.
By then, the swelling will be decreasing, and you’ll likely feel great, but you’ll still appear a bit swollen and may see skin discolouration. Some people return to work or classes at this point because they don’t mind showing evidence of their surgery and their job is not strenuous.
The time for most swelling to resolve- 2-3 weeks. 2 weeks is also a popular amount of time off because it allows for all bruising to subside, sutures to be out, and the majority of swelling to be gone. For people who don’t know you, it won’t appear obvious you’ve had anything done. Activity restrictions such as avoiding cardio and heavy lifting are still in place for another 4 weeks.
Total recovery- several weeks or months. Ok, we know this might sound vague, but don’t be discouraged. Individual swelling and healing really are variable because everyone’s body is different and their specific procedure details will be too.
You will likely see your new nose take shape and enjoy pleasing results just a month or two after your Toronto nose job, but you could still see subtle improvements unfold for another 6 months or so. Delicate areas like the nasal tip will tend to hold swelling for a pretty long time. Don’t worry, most people won’t notice, and your nose will look great while you wait for the last little changes.
Most people do not describe this as a particularly painful procedure. While it is a surgery, the majority of discomfort is due to swelling and pressure in the sinus and nasal passages for the first week. You’ll be prescribed a strong pain medication to take as needed. Most people enjoy relaxing at home, watching TV and passing the time comfortably while their nose heals.
This procedure carries a very high satisfaction rate, and it’s one of Dr. Solomon’s favourites and most commonly performed surgery. The best way to find out everything you need to make a decision is to contact Dr. Solomon and set up a one-on-one consultation. You’ll be able to review photos and computer imaging, plus share your nose improvement goals and ask as many questions as you like.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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