How long is recovery after rhinoplasty?
Activity levels after Rhinoplasty
This depends on the procedures that are performed during the Rhinoplasty and the tissues that are modified.
For example, if the nasal tip is improved during the Rhinoplasty surgery, without adjustment to the nasal bones, a diving mask can be worn much sooner (likely as early as one month following surgery).
If the nasal bones are adjusted during this surgery, healing of these nasal bones takes much longer- six to 12 months. While a diving mask does not actually sit on the nose, it does sit right next to the base of the nasal septum.
If any adjustments are required in this area, scuba diving should be avoided for at least six months. (Michael R. Macdonald, MD, Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon)
Recovery after a rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a popular and effective surgery to recontour the shape of your nose. Ask a fellow diver, I understand your concerns and desire to get back into the water.
After this surgery, patients should understand the recovery process.
Your nose will continue to heal for up to eight months. During this process, the nasal bones if they have been fractured may be quite fragile. It would not be recommended to place a tight facemask over this area. I would recommend that you wait at least 10 to 12 months after surgery before undergoing the pressures from a face mask and the pressure deep underwater. (Pat Pazmino, MD, Miami Plastic Surgeon)
Scuba diving after a rhinoplasty
I allow my patients to do any type of physical exercise three weeks after surgery. I would advise that while above water, a 100% sun block such as zinc oxide be used on the tip of the nose. (Howard T. Bellin, MD (retired), Manhattan Plastic Surgeon)
Diving after rhinoplasty
Specifically related to diving, there are two concerns: pressure from your mask and pressure from clearing your ears. The pressure from your mask may aggravate swelling and would not be recommended for a minimum of 6 weeks. This is particularly true if the bones were moved in your nose. The pressure generated to open your ears when equalizing may cause bleeding up to 4 weeks after surgery. To be on the safe side, I would recommend at least 8-10 weeks off prior to diving again. In general, activity is generally restricted to non-strenuous activity for the first 3-4 weeks. In particular, avoid any activity which could cause a direct impact to your nose.
Swelling recedes for the most part by 3 months, but may persist for 6 months or longer. Resumption of full activity is at about 6-8 weeks. (David Bogue, MD, Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon)
Physical limitations after Rhinoplasty
We advise nothing strenuous for three weeks after surgery. My definition of “strenuous ” is any activity that will raise your blood pressure, your pulse, or your breathing rate. After the initial three weeks you can be strenuous as long as there is not a risk of trauma to your nose. After 6-8 weeks there are no limitations. Whether you are talking about diving off a diving board or scuba diving I would advise waiting 6-8 weeks. Now, let’s do a reality check. You’re considering spending time and money to change an undesirable physical feature. Why risk not achieving this life-long improvement so you can dive a little sooner? (Richard W. Fleming, MD, Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon)