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How painful is it to have rhinoplasty? How long is the healing process?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Rhinoplasty surgery pain is dependent upon the extent of the surgery. Nasal fracturing certainly may increase the pain threshold. Cartilage manipulation and soft tissue reconstruction normally does not present with significant pain. Vicodin with codeine is often useful combined with cold compression. The full healing process from an extensive rhinoplasty may extend up to a FULL year. 

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