Before and 6 months after: Example of a forehead setback that couldn’t have been done without reshaping the higher part of the nose bridge. (Other procedures performed during the same Facial Feminization Surgery: Facelift, blepharoplasty and lip lift done too)
If you don’t mind to be seen with the bandage and the swelling, you will be able to return to your social activities a week after the surgery. You will have to wait a bit longer before doing any hard work or physical exercise: about a month or so, according to the special characteristics of your own healing process.
During the first days you will have to sleep with your head elevated to improve the healing process.
After the surgery your nose will be completely blocked with gauze packs for at least two days, while the inner wounds heal, and this was reported by some patients as one of the most uncomfortable parts of the recovery. If you are not used to breathe through your mouth, practice it. Block your nostrils with cotton balls and breathe through the mouth as part of the training. This might dry your lips, so if you have any lip balm of your preference, bring it with you.
During the first weeks some patients tend to suffer from depression. You may find it difficult to come to terms with your new look and you may even feel that having a surgery was a big mistake. But don’t worry: most of the people who today are happy and satisfied with the results of their surgeries have also gone through that phase.
After this facial surgery your nose will be extremely sensitive but you will have a cast applied on it to help maintaining the shape, to restrain swelling and to protect it. This cast will remain in place during 2 or 3 days and then will be removed. You will also have gauze plugs into the nostrils to help the internal wounds heal and prevent bleeding.
If only the tip of the nose was modified, then a cast would not be necessary.
The level of pain of this facial surgery is medium, most of times reported as a strong discomfort.
See our results. This page gathers before and after photo examples of our facial surgeries.