What is the typical rhinoplasty recovery like? What can I expect? How long after a nose job does it take to heal and how long before you can go back to work, the swelling goes down, etc?
After rhinoplasty, most patients will require one week off work; primarily because of the obvious swelling and bruising around the eyes/nose, in addition to the splint which is removed at one week. From a pain standpoint, most patients will take narcotics for 3-4 days, but will likely stay away from most social/public interaction for 1-2 weeks due to the residual bruising/swelling that occurs.
Patients are also instructed to avoid strenuous activity in the first several weeks following a rhinoplasty to avoid any undue bleeding or swelling.
Most of the major swelling resolves within the first 2-4 weeks, however it can take up to one year to see the final contour.