Rhinoplasty is the process of reshaping the nose, often with the goal of removing any bumps, straightening any places where the nose appears crooked, and/or helping to alter the shape of the tip of the nose. Typically, noses that develop under testosterone are larger, wider, and have a longer down-pointed tip, so feminizing rhinoplasty would focus on altering those features.
Dr. Facque notes that rhinoplasty recovery involves a lot of swelling and bruising in the immediate post-op period under the eye area. Dr. Facque will remove nasal sutures and splints at the first in-office post-op appointment about one week after surgery. Much like healing for procedures in the upper third of the face, there are activity restrictions recommended for the first 3 weeks, and at 6 weeks patients can resume full activity.
After this initial period, the nose itself will have some degree of swelling for 3-6 months. Following the 6 month mark there will be some minor swelling, and the nose will continue to take its final shape as the cartilage heals on the inside in its new positions and as the skin of the nose shrinks over its new form. The final result of rhinoplasty is visible around one year after surgery, but published research notes that the appearance of the nose after rhinoplasty may continue to shift over the course of 5-10 years after surgery, depending on the techniques used.