The recovery for rhinoplasty isn't as bad as most think. The first few days after a rhinoplasty procedure you can expect to feel headaches, congestion, and swelling. It is common for patients to consider taking a non-narcotic pain reliever during the first days of recovery. Swelling and bruising of the face can occur after a rhinoplasty but should dissipate over time. Most patients return to normal lives within a week.