Rhinoplasty Recovery Times: What To Expect

Rhinoplasty Recovery Times: What To Expect

Rhinoplasty– commonly referred to as a nose job – is a relatively simple surgical procedure that involves the patient going under general anaesthetic either to re-shape the nose to complement other facial features or improve to airflow. Patients can expect the need to wear a splint over the nose for one week and allowed to return to work (unless there is a risk of elevated blood pressure) within 10 days.


Whilst Rhinoplasty is popular amongst both men and women who are unhappy with the shape and/or size of their nose, the surgery can also help to correct issues such as septum deviation which can lead to breathing difficulties. A nose job could be required in this case as septum deviation (1) is when the nasal septum (the bone which divides the nasal cavity of the nose) is off centre and/or crooked. While it is not uncommon for a slight imbalance in the nasal cavity to exist, a significantly crooked septum can negatively impact airflow.


Who is Eligible for Rhinoplasty Surgery?


Rhinoplasty is available to anyone, as long as the nose has fully developed and has stopped growing (2). For males, this happens at the age of 18, while the nose is fully developed in females at the earlier age of 16. If surgery is performed on anyone before the nose has ceased development, there is the risk of complications as the bone structure continues to grow and alter.


There is no upper age limit to qualify for the procedure, as long as the patient is in good health and neither should this have an impact on the expected recovery time. Here at Marina Mirage practice, you can discuss what it is you are hoping to achieve with one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Gold Coast and Brisbane area in Dr Terrance Scamp.


Dr Scamp will talk you through the procedure and what is involved, such as the removal cartilage and excess bone to allow for the alteration of the support structures of the nasal cavity. During your consultation, a recovery plan will also be devised based around your own needs and lifestyle.


Making a Full Recovery


It is very common for swelling to persist for up to a year post-surgery, although this should only really be noticeable from a personal perspective. In the immediate days after the procedure, you will experience bruising and discomfort as well as swelling, whilst also being required to wear a splint over your nose for a week to aid recovery.


Whilst you can return to work 10 days after the operation, you should only partake in non-strenuous activity that will not cause elevated blood pressure for up to three weeks. This includes bending down and the lifting of heavy objects.


Request a Consultation Today

To request a consultation with Dr Terrance Scamp, you can call the surgery direct on (07) 5539 1000 or you can make an appointment online by filling out the form detailing your enquiry, as well as your preferred day and time for your consultation.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Results may vary.



  • (n.d.). What Is a Deviated Septum?. [online] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/allergies/deviated-septum#1 [Accessed 9 Jan. 2020].


  • Scamp, T. (n.d.). Nose Job – Rhinoplasty in Brisbane & the Gold Coast. [online] Dr Terrence Scamp. Available at: https://www.drterrencescamp.com.au/cosmetic-surgery/facial-cosmetic-surgery/nose-job-rhinoplasty/ [Accessed 9 Jan. 2020].

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