So, you’re ready to undergo a nose job in Toronto, but you’re not sure what to expect from recovery? We’ve got you covered. This brief guide will outline the key steps after the procedure and tell you what healing will be like as you get ready for your new look.

How long is the recovery after a nose job in Toronto?

The time it takes for you to look and feel entirely healed will depend on a few different factors. The surgical technique used, and your body’s response to the tissue changes mean swelling or discomfort will be variable. A few things are consistent for all patients, however. Your facial plastic surgeon will probably recommend taking 1-2 weeks off work because during the first 10-14 days, you’ll see most of the swelling and bruising resolve.

All patients are advised to steer clear of strenuous activity, aerobic exercise or heavy lifting for at least a few weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will let you know exactly when you’re in the clear to head back to the gym and do heavy work again.

Week 1

The early days after a nose job in Toronto will be the most uncomfortable because the body naturally responds to surgery with temporary inflammation in the related tissues. Luckily, most people describe this sensation as pressure and congestion, rather than pain. You’ll have an external splint and possibly soft, silicone spacers placed in the nose. Near the end of week 1, your surgeon will remove splint and bandaging, and you’ll be feeling less pressure.

Week 2

The swelling and bruising rapidly improve at this point and many people will return to light work near the end of week 2. You’ll still have to avoid pressing on the area or vigorous activity, but the 14-day mark brings welcome relief.

Week 4

You’ll be able to see promising results by now. Most patients still have minor swelling lingering in the soft tissue and tip of the nose at this point, but it’s subtle enough that few people will notice.

You may be cleared to return to some gym activity and to wear glasses again.

Month 6

The phase of recovery requiring the most patience after a the procedure is the time between 1 month and 6 months. You’ll see the very gradual resolution of the remaining swelling. You’ll be able to resume all regular activity sometime after 4 weeks, but you’ll still need to avoid contact sports and actions that could be directly traumatic to the nose. You’ll see a marked improvement at 6 months and visit your facial plastic surgeon’s office for final photos, though for some, the result at 1 year is even more refined.

Recovery after rhinoplasty surgery requires a few temporary life adjustments and much patience, but the transformative results are well worth it. This procedure carries a high patient satisfaction rate with most people stating they’d happily do it again. If you’re interested in improving the look of your nose, we welcome you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Phillip Solomon, rhinoplasty expert.