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Nose Surgery Recovery

Dr. Cambeiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon performing nose surgery (rhinoplasty) in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you live outside of the Las Vegas area, please contact us to learn more about our fly-in program.

  • After plastic surgery, during the first twenty-four hours your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache.
  • Plan on staying in bed with your head elevated (except for bathroom usage) for the first day.
  • You will notice that the swelling and bruising around your eyes will increase at first, reaching a peak after 2-3 days. Applying cold compresses will reduce this swelling and make you feel better.
  • Most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within 2 weeks or so.
  • A little bleeding is common during the first few days following plastic surgery, and you may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks. Dr. Cambeiro will ask you to not blow your nose for a week or so, while the tissues heal.
  • If you have nasal packing, it will be removed after a few days and you will feel much more comfortable.
  • After 2 weeks, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed.
  • Avoid hitting or rubbing your nose, or getting it sunburned, for 8 weeks. Be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics.
  • Eyeglasses should be avoided for the first 4-6 weeks after the operation.
  • You will have frequent follow-up visits in the months after the plastic surgery, to check on the progress of your healing.
  • You should not drive until you have normal return of daily activity and are off all narcotic medications.
  • You should avoid strenuous activities such as bending, lifting, and sports for about three weeks. Drinking alcohol can lead to fluid retention and delays recovery.
  • During the first 24 hours your assigned caretaker will assist you in getting up to the bathroom, taking medications, and eating and drinking. During the first 12-24 hours you will stay on a liquid diet and advance yourself as tolerated.
  • You will probably feel tired and sore for a few days following your plastic surgery, but you will be up and about in 24-48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication.
  • Antibiotics are continued for five days after the procedure to lower the risk of infection.
  • You should be up and walking on the morning following your plastic surgery, and a light solid diet begun to the point of tolerance.
  • If you have a temperature over 99.5 degrees, chills or sweats, a markedly different degree of swelling between sides, and/or increasing rather than decreasing pain—call the office immediately!
  • You should be able to return to work within a few days to week, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
  • Dr. Cambeiro will let you know when a good time is to start up your exercises and normal activities.
  • You are allowed to bathe 48 to 72 hours after the procedure. Showering is then permitted but the incisions should not be submerged, as in a tub or pool.

Final Result

  • Healing is slow and a gradual process. Some subtle swelling may be present for months, especially in the tip. The final results of rhinoplasty may not be apparent for a year or more.
  • You might experience some unexpected reactions from family and friends. However, remember to try to keep in mind why you decided to have this plastic surgery in the first place.

If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Cambeiro invites you to request a complimentary consultation or give our office a call at (702) 734-4100 for confidential and informative answers to all your questions. If you prefer, you can send us an email using our discreet online form.

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