Rhinoplasty can be a very rewarding procedure, especially when it comes to seeing your new balanced profile. However, recovery from rhinoplasty requires careful consideration and dedication to getting the best possible results. Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa will guide you through every step of your rhinoplasty recovery with their combined decades of experience in cosmetic surgery. Here are some points to keep in mind as you plan your rhinoplasty procedure and get ready for your recovery.

General Anesthesia

Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will need to take specific steps in your recovery. Firstly, someone responsible will need to drive you home from surgery. We recommend they watch over you for the rest of the day to assist with mobility and fluids and reporting any complications. General anesthesia can produce side effects such as grogginess, nausea, and more for the first few hours.

Swelling and Bleeding

You will have significant swelling after rhinoplasty because of the very vascular nature of the nose. Mitigating swelling is important after rhinoplasty since it can affect your final result. Make sure to rest in an inclined position, such as propped against a couple pillows. Avoid bending over, laying down, or engaging in intensive activities. You may have some bleeding, but you will be given gauze and pads to manage it. Avoid taking blood-thinning medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin since they can increase bleeding. Bruising is typical, especially around your eyes, and should fade within a few weeks.


Surgery of any kind can cause discomfort, especially within the first few days. Our team will prescribe medications to help manage any pain. If the pain becomes unmanageable, it can be a sign of complication, and you should contact our office immediately.

Blowing Your Nose

You will likely experience a feeling of congestion after your surgery, as your nose will be swollen. However, you should avoid blowing your nose, which can damage the delicate internal structures as they heal. If needed, you can gently clean the inside with a Q-tip and warm water. Your breathing should return to normal within several weeks.

Wearing Glasses

If you normally wear glasses, you will need to avoid wearing them for the first several weeks. During rhinoplasty, the delicate bones of the nose’s bridge are adjusted, and putting pressure on them during recovery can cause unintended results. If possible, wear contacts instead. If not, our team can recommend alternative ways to wear your glasses to avoid harming your results.

Rhinoplasty in Phoenix, AZ

To meet with our team and learn more about rhinoplasty recovery, contact our Phoenix, AZ office and schedule a consultation. Contact us through our online form or call to get started.

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