After surgery, a splint is placed over the nose for one week. This protects the nose during its initial phase of healing. Many patients have minimal bruising and only mild swelling. However, both can and do occur on an individual basis.
If you have the placement of an implant, diced cartilage graft, or cartilage graft, remember that a forceful blow to the nose can dislodge these in the first weeks after surgery. Avoid contact sports for at least six weeks after surgery. You may not be able to wear glasses for at least a month after surgery, since they are designed to rest on the bridge of the nose. Remember that the final results of rhinoplasty can take up to a year after the surgery.