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Asian Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery Recovery

by Dr. Daniel Lin


Asian Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery

Asian Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery RecoveryAsian rhinoplasty surgery can typically be completed in two hours. However, the entire process from the preparatory to the recovery stages will take more time and dedication.

While Asian rhinoplasty is a relatively minor elective procedure, it involves a significant recovery phase. At the time of the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient on the recovery and other facets.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides Asian nose surgery to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar and surrounding areas in California.

Post-Op Care

After the Asian rhinoplasty, the surgeon or their team will explain the post-operative care regimen to the patient or their attendant.

Asian rhinoplasty is a complex procedure, and good results depend on the patient’s ability to follow the surgeon’s guidelines in a diligent manner. The patient should preferably enlist a friend or family member to assist them with routine chores immediately after the procedure.


The following post-operative guidelines can help reduce the pain and discomfort during the recovery period:


  • Remain properly hydrated
  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
  • Rest adequately at home in the initial week of recovery
  • Avoid aggressive movements and exercises initially
  • Avoid blowing the nose in the initial few days


Initial 48 Hours


Many patients find the initial 48 hours after the cosmetic surgery to be most challenging. The patient may still be experiencing the effects of anesthesia and may feel mild pain and discomfort during this period.


The surgeon may prescribe pain drugs, although some patients may only need OTC pain meds. Patients may experience the following problems during the Asian rhinoplasty recovery phase:


  • Swelling
  • Headaches
  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds


The patient should remain in bed with their head in a raised position during the initial 24 hours after the procedure. The face may appear puffy, and the head may hurt.


The patient can also experience nosebleeds. It is important not to blow the nose during this period as it can open or loosen the stitches and adversely affect the recovery process.


Improvement after One Week


The surgeon will assess the patient’s progress during a follow-up appointment around one week after the procedure. If any nasal packing has been used, it will be removed at this time along with a splint or sutures. By this time, the bruising would have reduced, and the inflammation should improve.


A majority of patients are able to resume work and undertake routine tasks within one week of the surgery. It is vital that patients remain cautious and avoid vigorous activities.


They should not lift heavy objects or perform sports activities for around two weeks after the Asian rhinoplasty. In addition, they should not engage in any activity that can lead to nose blowing for a few days. It is not advisable to travel by air right after the procedure.


For most patients, the benefits of Asian rhinoplasty outweigh the initial discomfort. Most side-effects are mild and will resolve within the initial one to two weeks.


Patients should understand that some inflammation may persist for months, and the final results of the surgery will only manifest gradually.


Plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar and surrounding areas in California for Asian nose surgery.



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