Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within 8-10 days. A lightweight splint will remain on the nose for one week. Swelling, bruising and stuffiness are all common side effects. You may also experience some moderate pain or discomfort. You will have appropriate pain medication that should be more than sufficient. This should not be an extremely painful experience. You will probably want to avoid running for 3 weeks. You also want to stay away from situations where you might hit your nose in the gym or otherwise for a month. You cannot ski for 6 months; extreme cold could adversely affect healing.
I’m Asian American and I’d like to get a rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of my nose. I’m not exactly sure what I want changed. What do most Asian patients request?
In my experience, most Asian patients requesting a rhinoplasty want the profile changed, a narrower nasal tip and more definition to the tip. In Asia the profile is commonly raised with a silicone or Teflon implant. These can get infected, so in this country we usually use the patient’s own cartilage, from the nasal septum, ears or, rarely, a rib. Here is an example of an Asian rhinoplasty: