The downtime following a nose job varies depending on how much work is done and what rhinoplasty techniques are performed. For example if osteotomies are performed (breaking nasal bone), longer swelling and bruising is expected. Revision rhinoplasties require longer recovery time. Usual downtime with a nose job is about one week. Most people return to work or school after one week. People with jobs requiring heavy lifting are encouraged to take at least 10 days off work.