Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery

Scheduled A Rhinoplasty Surgery?

This page contains all of your pre-surgery instructions. Conveniently located in Jacksonville, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers rhinoplasty for men and women residing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida.

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After scheduling your rhinoplasty surgery, all that’s left to do is plan and prepare for the day of your surgery. At Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, we want you to be as informed and as comfortable as possible coming into your surgery. After discussing the details of your procedure during your rhinoplasty consultation, we’ll provide you with detailed guidelines for you to follow when it comes to pre-surgical care. These guidelines and other helpful information is available for reference below.

“It almost seemed like I didn’t even have surgery with how natural and smooth it looks.” – Matthew

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How long will rhinoplasty surgery take?

Rhinoplasty typically takes from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. The exact length of the operation depends on complexity, primary versus revision rhinoplasty and use of autologous ( one’s own ) cartilage. The procedure is typically performed under anesthesia where you will be monitored and kept asleep by a dedicated anesthesia provider. You will have no pain or recollection of your rhinoplasty procedure and you will be totally asleep. Dr. Garcia typically performs a “closed” approach on uncomplicated, primary rhinoplasty but every patient is consented for the possibility of the “open” approach which uses an incision along the bottom of the nose. Both surgical approaches equally yield excellent cosmetic and functional results.

How long will rhinoplasty recovery take?

The immediate average recovery period after rhinoplasty is typically 7 to 10 days, but it always depends on the individual. Some rhinoplasties are purely cosmetic, which have a slightly different recovery process compared to rhinoplasties that are accompanied by reconstructive corrections to enhance breathing and nasal function. During this immediate recovery period, the first few days will be focused on resting and recovering. This is when symptoms such as swelling and bruising will be most severe, so following post-procedure guidelines will be essential. Towards the end of your first week of recovery, you should feel well enough to start moving around and easing back into a light routine. Most patients return to work within 2 weeks of their surgery. After 1-2 months, most visible swelling and side effects should have healed, with patients returning completely to their normal routine. However, keep in mind that it can take up to a year for the full results of your rhinoplasty to become visible.

A Pre-Surgery Message From Dr Garcia

Before surgery, we like to remind patients that Dr. Garcia has immense experience with rhinoplasty techniques and has safely treated hundreds of patients through both cosmetic and reconstructive nose surgery. After completing your consultation, carefully planning your surgery and following all pre-surgery instructions, there’s nothing left to worry about when it comes to the day of your surgery. You are in good hands with the team at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery!

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Frequently Asked Rhinoplasty Surgical Questions


  • Is rhinoplasty a painful surgery?

    No. With the techniques used by Dr. Garcia, patients will not have pain either during or after the procedure. We do not pack the nose after surgery so there is no postoperative pain. There will be nasal congestion after the operation for a few days.

  • Can you breathe after a nose job?

    It is common to experience congestion in the nose following a nose job, particularly for patients who undergo reconstructive rhinoplasty surgery. This means that breathing through the nose might be slightly uncomfortable or difficult in the first few weeks following your surgery. You can expect to breathe normally within 2-3 weeks of surgery. Importantly, we advise patients to avoid blowing their nose during this time to avoid interfering with the healing process.

  • Can I walk after rhinoplasty?

    During the day of your surgery, immediately after your procedure, you should rest as much as possible. This means no walking on the first day. Patients can begin very brief periods of light walking the day after surgery, permitting that they feel well enough to get out of bed. However, once patients are capable of light walking, it is actually encouraged to get up and take brief walks. Light walking can help facilitate the healing process by preventing blood clots and enhancing blood circulation.

  • Do you sleep during a nose job?

    Yes. You will be completely unconscious for your nose job and will be completely pain free. You will have no recollection of anything between laying down in the operating room and the drive home.

  • If you have any further questions about your rhinoplasty surgery, contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or help you schedule your consultation with Dr. Garcia. At Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, we’re proud to offer expertise in rhinoplasty and welcome patients from Jacksonville, Lakeside, Ponte Vedra Beach and the nearby areas of North Florida.