5 Things to Know Before Getting Rhinoplasty Surgery

By Dr. Fetter


Rhinoplasty surgery continues to be the 3rd most common cosmetic procedure in the US, just behind liposuction and breast augmentation.

There’s a good reason for this. While we may call the eyes the windows to the soul, the nose is right there, front and center. If your nose is large or oddly-shaped, people will see it first and perhaps never get to those attractive eyes.

The nose’s size and shape can completely transform your appearance for better or worse.

Let’s look at 5 things you need to know before getting a “nose job.”


What can I expect during recovery?

Recovery from a rhinoplasty surgery will typically take a few weeks. But you can resume most of your daily activities after 7-10 days.

For the first week or so, your nose will feel stuffy because the passages will be swollen.

For 7-10 days you’ll experience bruising, swelling and discomfort. Whether this discomfort registers as pain is completely dependent on the individual, as we all feel pain differently.

Fortunately, aspirin and anti-inflammatories will help relieve the pressure and discomfort.

You’ll attend a series of post-op visits and Dr. Fetter will prescribe an at-home regimen to keep your passages clear and hydrated.


Will I need to restrict any activities?

For about one month after surgery, you should avoid any activities that will raise your heart rate over 100. You may choose to invest in a wearable heart rate tracker to help you identify what activities raise your heart rate. These devices are now sold commercially and are very affordable.

Depending on your heart health, exceeding 100 beats could result from:

  • Walking quickly up stairs
  • Carrying something heavy across a room
  • Taking a walk
  • Sexual activities
  • Anything that you would label as exercise, including many yoga poses.

If you have a lower resting heart rate (>60), you will likely only need to avoid the last two.


How long does it take to see final results?

It can take about 12-15 months for your nose to settle in to its final shape. But don’t worry! It’ll look great long before that.

During this time you may experience some ongoing swelling, which may impact the appearance of the nose ever so slightly.


What if I need a revision?

Because the nose will continue to settle into its final shape over a 12+ month period, we wouldn’t recommend a revision before that time has passed.

It could be completely unnecessary.

But, some rhinoplasty surgery revisions may be done as early as 3-6 months after the primary procedure.


How do I choose the right surgeon for rhinoplasty surgery?

You want a doctor who will offer you compassionate and exceptional care. You should always feel that you can ask questions and that your doctor and helpful staff will answer them openly and honestly. Communication is key when working with any medical provider.

Your doctor should evaluate your unique needs and provide you with individualized care.

You want someone who is experienced and has trained with the best. This surgeon should be recognized not only by patients but by other medical professionals in the industry.

Dr. Mark Fetter, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, is this kind of doctor. If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.