What is the average rhinoplasty recovery time? When should I expect to be able to go out in public after a nose job, and when will the bandages come off?
A: Rhinoplasty recovery
Healing after a rhinoplasty can take up to one year to see the final result. However, once the splint is removed, you will see the obvious changes in contour even though there will still be noticeable swelling for the first several weeks to months after surgery. The finer or minor swelling takes up to a full year to completely dissipate. The nasal skin, cartilage and bone will take up to one year to heal but you can return to work in about one week, after the splint is removed. Visible bruising around the eyes and nose is typically gone by one week.