Operations on the nose are not particularly painful which surprises most people. At the end of the procedure, a splint is put on the outside of the nose which is left in place for about a week. This is to hold the bones in their new position whilst the immediate swelling settles. Packs may also be placed in your nostrils for a few hours. When it comes to stitches, dissolving ones are usually used for the lining of the nose but any outside skin stitches will require removal at one week.
Expect to be swollen, bruised around the eyes and cheek region and feeling “bunged up” for the first few days to two weeks”. Slight headaches are not uncommon either. Your nose will feel numb for between six weeks and six months as the swelling in the skin slowly goes down.