How Soon After Rhinoplasty Can I Expect to See the Full Results?


Once you make the decision to undergo rhinoplasty surgery, you may be anxious to start enjoying your newly enhanced look as soon as possible. However, patients should have realistic expectations for their rhinoplasty recovery timeline and understand that adhering to rhinoplasty aftercare guidelines is essential for ensuring an efficient recovery and optimal results. Here, you'll find helpful information from the board-certified surgeons and members of The Rhinoplasty Society on what to expect after nose surgery, including how long it may take for a complete rhinoplasty recovery and when your optimal results will become apparent.

What happens during a nose job?

Each nose surgery is fully customized based on a number of individual patient factors, including their nasal anatomy, their specific cosmetic and/or functional concerns, unique ethnic features they may have, their desired outcome, and others. In some cases, rhinoplasty surgery is performed for functional purposes only — like correcting a deviated septum to improve breathing and potentially reduce snoring. Other times, nose surgery is primarily cosmetic in nature and may be used to reshape an asymmetric nose, reduce a large nose, or otherwise improve the aesthetic appearance of the patient's nose and overall facial harmony. While the techniques used during rhinoplasty surgery will vary significantly from case to case, a nose job generally involves creating incisions internally and/or externally and manipulating the cartilage and other tissues. During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty surgery with a member of The Rhinoplasty Society, you'll have an opportunity to discuss your concerns, ask any questions you may have, and learn what to expect during your personalized surgery.

How long does recovery after rhinoplasty take?

Because each rhinoplasty is different, as well as variations in people's healing rates, the timeline for rhinoplasty recovery will vary from patient to patient. On average, however, most patients are able to return to work and other light activities within 1 – 2 weeks. Still, some bruising and swelling can be expected for several additional weeks. In most cases, patients will begin to see the results of rhinoplasty surgery after about 6 – 12 weeks, though subtle changes and residual swelling may persist for up to a year.

Is rhinoplasty permanent?

The results of a nose job can last for decades or even indefinitely, but patients should keep in mind that the natural aging process will not stop, meaning small changes may occur over time. Additionally, some events — like trauma, infection, additional surgeries, and others —can also impact the outcome of rhinoplasty surgery. To ensure your rhinoplasty results can be maintained for as long as possible, be sure to:

  • Choose a highly qualified, board-certified nose surgeon
  • Follow your rhinoplasty recovery instructions closely
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Do not smoke or use drugs
  • Protect your nose during sports and other high-risk activities

If you have additional questions about what to expect with nose job surgery, don't hesitate to contact a member of The Rhinoplasty Society to learn more.

Reshape your nose and transform your life with rhinoplasty surgery near you

Whether you're bothered by the cosmetic appearance of your nose or struggle with obstructed breathing due to a nasal abnormality, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty surgery. Take the first step toward feeling like your best self by scheduling a private consultation with any of the board-certified members of The Rhinoplasty Society today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.