Revision Rhinoplasty Recovery

Reviewed by Andrew Jacono, MD

Recovery time from revision rhinoplasty is very similar to that for primary rhinoplasty. It may even seem easier the second time, since it's a road you've already traveled.

During the first few postsurgical days you will need to breathe through your mouth due to the packing that was placed in your nose to stabilize it and staunch any bleeding. There will also be a splint and/or bandages. All of this may cause you some temporary discomfort. The key word here is "temporary."

Analgesics prescribed by your surgeon will help with postsurgical pain; take them in the proper dosage and at the proper time. Ditto for any anti-nausea medications your surgeon prescribes. If an infection develops that requires an antibiotic, finish the entire course of medication as prescribed by your surgeon.

To keep swelling to a minimum, your head should be elevated at all times, including while you're asleep. This means no bending over to lift things and sleeping with multiple pillows or a foam wedge. Cold compresses applied to your forehead can also help reduce swelling; do not apply directly to your nose.

Do not blow your nose for several weeks after your revision (your surgeon will provide the specifics), and avoid any trauma to your face and nose for at least two months following surgery. Your surgeon will let you know when it's safe to resume regular exercise and other strenuous activities, usually within a few weeks after surgery. Protect your nose and the rest of your face with sunscreen when going outside.

About the Reviewer of this Article

Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS, specializes in revision rhinoplasty at his New York-based practice. He is dual board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.) Dr. Jacono is section head of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, and an assistant clinical professor of facial and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Jacono is also an assistant professor of head and neck surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He is director of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery and J SPA Medical Day Spa in Great Neck, NY. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of the book FACE THE FACTS: The Truth About Plastic Surgery Procedures That Do and Don't Work. For more information on Dr. Jacono, visit


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