There is some mild swelling both inside and outside of the nose after the procedure, though most patients do quite well. In some cases, there may be bruising beneath the eyes. During the first 24 hours after surgery, the application of ice may help reduce swelling and bruising.
A cast is placed over the nose for one week following surgery. This is to protect the structural changes that have been made so that they can heal while maintaining aesthetically and functionally important relationships. Once the cast has come off, avoiding contact sports and activities in which the nose may be struck is recommended for another five weeks. Avoidance of the use of glasses that rest on the bridge of the nose is also important in order to minimize injury right after surgery.