Nose Job Recovery – What to expect in the first months after surgery

At present, having a nose job (Rhinoplasty) is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures being chosen by Australians seeking to improve their physical appearances. This is because the nose is one of our most visible physical attributes and any imperfections in it can have a significant impact on our appearance. But what is it like to have the surgery? What is Rhinoplasty recovery like and what level of pain or discomfort can I expect?

After the Rhinoplasty surgery, there is typically little pain. And as long as there is no infection during the nose job recovery period the pain should be limited to dull aching and possibly a headache. The main problem during Rhinoplasty recovery is related to bruising and swelling.

Bruising and nose job swelling will occur internally and externally. Both of these symptoms are unavoidable and the extent to which they occur will be dependent upon the nature of your procedure, how your body reacts and the degree of care your surgeon took in handling your tissues.

To get you prepared as well as possible, I have listed below some Rhinoplasty recovery tips as well as typical nose surgery post operation symptoms. Your surgeon will specify a specific Rhinoplasty recovery pain management regime for you to follow. It may also be useful to ask your surgeon about anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling.

It’s usually recommended you take at least 1-2 weeks off work after the operation. Nose surgery has some typical symptoms that will make it less likely for you to want to be out and about in full view. You will probably look as though you’ve gone a couple of rounds with the world boxing champ. Don’t worry though because bruising under the eyes is typical and usually subsides after 1 – 2 weeks.  Swelling however takes a little longer to subside. After 2 – 3 weeks you should find that 70% of the swelling has gone and after 6 weeks it should be 80% – 85% gone.

Apply cold presses as soon as you return home but don’t apply ice directly onto the nose.

It is important for you to reduce the blood pressure to your nose as much as is possible. To do this you need to maintain an elevated head during the day and also when you sleep. Try to avoid bending over or lifting heavy things. You certainly must avoid strenuous exercise and just take light walks and get plenty of sleep.

Nasal congestion for the first few weeks post op may also be an annoying symptom and it may also affect your sleep. The congestion is caused by internal swelling and it will create a desire to blow your nose. You need to resist this temptation. Use a saline nose spray and a nose ointment to help with dryness and crusting. Try to avoid dry environments and any places that could contain nasal irritants such as dust.

Nose Job Prices

Nose job prices range anywhere from about $4,000 – $8,000 (Aust). To obtain a more accurate quote you should consult with your plastic surgeon. You can find a highly qualified plastic surgeon within your area by going to

Keep Tuned for Real Life Storys

A friend of mine has recently undergone nose surgery and is documenting his experience of Rhinoplasty recovery. We will be publishing his recovery process as a blog so stay tuned.


Bruce currently heads up a team of researchers and writers who are challenging the way people perceive plastic surgery, aiming to break down the stigma and judgments that still exist in the wider community. He also brings a male perspective to the discussions surrounding plastic surgery and in particular the growing trend for males to undergo procedures.

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