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Knowing what to expect after cosmetic surgery is important, so if you are having rhinoplasty at our London clinic you should make sure that you understand how you will feel when you wake up after surgery.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a serious operation, so it will take you some time to recover fully. When you wake up from the anaesthetic, you should expect to feel groggy and tired for at least a few hours. It can take up to 48 hours for the effects to wear off completely and you won‘t be able to drive during this time. Your face will be bruised and puffy for a few days and you will need to wear a cast to protect your nose for about a week after your rhinoplasty in London. You should plan to take up to two weeks off work to rest and recover, and it could be up to six weeks before you are ready to resume physical activities such as sports.

Common Side Effects of Rhinoplasty

Most people will experience some side effects after surgery, while the nose is healing. After your rhinoplasty, you should expect the following side effects:

  • Your nose will feel blocked for about a week
  • You may have a few light nosebleeds in the days after surgery
  • Swelling and bruising around the eyes for a few weeks

Risks of Rhinoplasty

More serious side effects can happen after rhinoplasty in London, but they are rare. The potential risks include heavy bleeding, blood clots, infection, or having a bad reaction to the anaesthetic. Longer term side effects include damage to the cartilage in your nose, breathing problems, and changes to your sense of smell. Your doctor will explain these risks in detail before the operation so that you can make an informed decision about whether it is right for you.

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