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When Can I Return to Work After a Rhinoplasty?

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When Can I Return to Work After a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty alters the internal structure to improve the function and aesthetic appearance of your nose. Many patients are curious about how much time they’ll need for recovery before returning to work. With the expertise of Dr. Tenley K. Lawton, a board-certified plastic surgeon, your nose can be reshaped to enhance your natural beauty and minimize overall recovery time.

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*Individual Results May Vary

What’s the Recovery Timeline?

In general, the majority of swelling should begin to subside within three days. Most patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of work. Resume normal activity slowly, being careful not to push too hard too soon. Strenuous or contact activities should be put off for at least 3-6 weeks.

Working in an Office or at Home

If you are comfortable being seen with minor bruising and swelling, you may be able to return to a desk job within 5-10 days. While you might sound congested on the phone, you are able to do as little or as much deskwork as you want. If you work from home, you may feel comfortable doing light paperwork in as little as two days post-surgery.

Physically Active Positions

If your job requires physical activity, you may want to wait two weeks and remain on a limited schedule at work for up to four weeks. If you work outdoors, it is important to protect your incision with sunscreen.

Camera Ready Jobs

If your job centers around your physical appearance, you may want to schedule surgery three months before you have to be camera-ready. You should be able to return to social engagements within two to three weeks, at which time makeup can be applied to cover most residual bruising.



The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Open Rhinoplasty Vs. Closed Rhinoplasty: Which is Best for Me?

Rhinoplasty surgery is as individual as the patient. In general, procedures are one of the following:

  • Open Rhinoplasty This procedure allows the surgeon more complete access to the nasal structures to sculpt the nose into the desired shape. This technique is used for more extensive reshaping. Scars are well-hidden in the natural contours of the nose, but this procedure requires more social downtime.
  • Closed RhinoplastyThis is most commonly used for patients in need of more minor adjustments. This technique results in no visible scarring since the incisions are made inside the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasties do not produce as dramatic results.

Final results can take up to a year or more to see; but when performed by a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Lawton, a rhinoplasty is considered a long-lasting procedure that can last a lifetime.

We Can Help Achieve Your Goals

When weighing the options of rhinoplasty, it’s important to consider how much time you can take off of work. At Tenley K. Lawton M.D., we seek to ensure you are well-informed and confident before making your decision. Dr. Lawton will answer your questions, discuss your overall health, and assess your individual concerns, before making a recommendation that incorporates your aesthetic goals.

Awesome ! Dr. Lawton was very straightforward and has a great bedside manner . Erin was beyond helpful especially in the size selection process for my implants !

MM, Happy Patient



*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Rhinoplasty? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

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