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What to Expect from Rhinoplasty Recovery

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Rhinoplasty, or nose job surgery, can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but feeling apprehensive about the recovery process is understandable. Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, is a talented and skilled New York Facial Plastic Surgeon who performs several types of rhinoplasties or nose job surgery. These include:

Here’s what you can expect during recovery so that you can be fully prepared and confident.

It’s important to note that the recovery process varies from person to person, depending on factors such as age, health and the extent of the procedure. However, there are general guidelines that apply to most patients.

Immediately After Surgery

Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and swelling around the nose and eyes. Your surgeon will provide pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort. You may also be required to wear a nasal splint or packing in your nose to support the new structure and reduce swelling.

During the First Week Post-Surgery

In the first few days, rest and relaxation are crucial. Avoid any strenuous activities or exercise during this time. You may need to sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling.

Around the third day, you can expect bruising to appear around your eyes and cheeks. This should subside within two weeks. You may also experience some bleeding and mucus discharge during the first few days. Dr. Khosh and his team will provide information on how to care for your nose and manage these symptoms.

Around a week after the procedure, Dr. Khosh will remove any splints or packing in your nose. This may be uncomfortable but is necessary for proper healing and breathing.

After the First Week Post-Surgery

The swelling will gradually subside over the next few weeks, and your nose will take on its new shape. You may notice that your nose feels sensitive or numb during this time, which is normal. However, avoiding any activities that could cause trauma to your nose, such as contact sports or lifting heavy objects is essential.

Around six weeks after the procedure, you can expect to return to most of your regular activities. However, it’s essential to continue to avoid any actions that could put your nose at risk, such as swimming or diving.

Following Dr. Khosh’s instructions closely during the recovery process is crucial. This includes taking medications as prescribed, attending follow-up appointments and avoiding activities that could hinder your recovery.

The recovery process after rhinoplasty may be somewhat challenging, but balancing the temporary inconvenience with the long-term gain is essential. Dr. Khosh and his team will provide specific instructions for taking care of yourself to help ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Contact the office of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, in New York, for more information about rhinoplasty and how it could benefit you.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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