What can I expect during my rhinoplasty recovery? January 25, 2023 Following their rhinoplasty Houston patients often experience swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes for the first 7 to 10 days following their rhinoplasty procedure. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks and their team will ask that you keep your head elevated when laying down for the first 2 weeks following your rhinoplasty. Patients are typically cleared to return to work and regular daily activities about 1 week following their rhinoplasty. While you will be able to see some results of your rhinoplasty once we remove your cast and splint. Ultimate results will appear once all incisions are healed and swelling subsides, about 6 to 8 months later.