Rhinoplasty Surgery and Recovery
DR. SPENCER COCHRAN: Our rhinoplasties are usually performed under general anesthesia, which means patients are asleep. Typically surgery lasts approximately three hours. The surgery may last up to five hours for patients who undergo a secondary rhinoplasty. For patient who have a rib graft we often keep them in the hospital overnight, but generally rhinoplasty is considered an outpatient procedure.
After surgery the nose will appear swollen and there may be some mild bruising around the eyes. A cast is placed on the outside of the nose to help maintain its shape during the recovery period. One week after surgery the cast and any sutures or splints are removed. When the cast comes off the new shape of the nose is apparent, although it may appear a little bit swollen. That swelling generally subsides over the next several weeks so that by approximately four months the final shape of the nose is apparent.