During the initial week of recovery, a nasal cast with tape dressing will cover the nose to protect it. There may be mild bruising around the eyes which will typically subside after a week. Internal nasal swelling may lead to the nose feeling clogged which will be resolved in one week.
Head elevation and icing will help to alleviate the swelling and bruising. Expert rhinoplasty surgeons, who are familiar with modern techniques in nasal surgery, usually do not pack the nose after surgery. There is minimal discomfort during the first few days that can be managed with pain medications. One week is usually sufficient time to return to social activities and light duty work.