Most patients can have their initial sutures and cast removed within 7-8 days. Bruising will generally take a few additional weeks to fully heal, but this should not impact on your ability to carry out normal daily activities and to work. At the two-week point, the majority of the pain, bruising and swelling should have subsided. Most patients report minor pain and stiffness but significant overall healing and improvement. At this stage, most people return to work.
By the end of the first month, most external signs of the procedure such as bruising and swelling should be fully healed. The first month we call ‘the ugly month’ where the swelling makes the nose look ‘not quite right’ and much more bulbous than the final result. Usually, by the third month, most patients are seeing their results. It takes 12-18months for the swelling to completely settle and through this time the nose will continue to improve.