How careful should I be after nose surgery?

I am 22 year old woman and I am planning to reshape my nose. Does the surgery have any side effects? How much time does it takes to heal and how do I take care of my nose after the surgery?

When performing rhinoplasty surgery in San Francisco, often know as a "nose job" the best advice I provide my patients is to communicate with me BEFORE their procedure so that we are on the same page in terms of expectation. During the pre-operative consultation, all of the potential side effects should be discussed with you. Your pre-operative health is important and make sure you let your ASAPS doctor know of all medications you are taking, even over the counter (OTC) items. This information will be helpful as part of your pre-operative meeting. In terms of the healing process, a great deal depends on how much "work" / changes will be afforded you. The more surgical work, the longer the recovery time is usually. As a cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco, it is hard for me to advise you regarding your specific care after your rhinoplasty. In general, the nasal splint is removed in 7 days, and then additional tape may or may not be applied to your nose. I recommend nasal exercises for my patients to insure they maintain a straight nose. The visual improvement in your nasal shape will occur rapidly initially but the final outcome may take 12- 16 months to be evident.

Michael I. Kulick MD
Michael I. Kulick MD
450 Sutter StSFCA94108US

Michael I. Kulick MD

450 Sutter Street, Suite 2620,
San Francisco, CA, 94108, US

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Rhinoplasty Recovery - The recovery after Rhinoplasty is usually about 7-10 days max and one can resume normal activities after 3 weeks. I do not allow patients to wear glasses on the bridge of their nose for about 4 weeks to allow for maximum early wound healing. It does takes up to one year to see the final result, in most cases, and longer in a patient that has thicker skin or is a secondary rhinoplasty patient.

Rod J. Rohrich MD, FACS
Rod J. Rohrich MD, FACS
9101 N Central ExpyDallasTX75231US

Rod J. Rohrich MD, FACS

9101 N. Central Expressway, Suite 600,
Dallas, TX, 75231, US

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