Question: How long will it take after a nose job for all signs of surgery to be gone?
Answer: After having a surgical procedure on the nose, many patients are very concerned about the post-operative time period. Depending on the procedure the time can vary. The surgery can either be done with an incision placed on the nose (external approach) or with an incision inside the nose. Also, the amount of dissection and techniques used will cause symptoms and recovery time to vary. Whether or not the patient requires osteotomies (fracturing of the nasal bones for realignment) will also determine the recovery. General rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty are generally outpatient procedures and most patients will start to notice more improvement after the first week. Though they may have some swelling after the first month the appearance of the nose will improve as well. After 3 months, they have a very good idea of the appearance of the nose. It is important to remember that the nose heals for up to one year. So if you still have some, you should avoid having repeat surgery on the nose until one year after the procedure. In summary, after the procedure on the nose the time for improvement and the time for the initial post-operative period before the patient feels much improved varies based on the procedure. In general, after one week, the patient feels better and after three months the patient has some idea of how the nose will appear and how the final result will appear.