It is important to note that recover following rhinoplasty is not immediate. The patient should stay home for a week after undergoing surgery, although it is safe for the patient to go outside. External sutures will be removed four to five days after surgery, external casts after a week. Internal stents may have to remain in the nose for up to two weeks. The nose may shift or settle in the year following surgery. Doctors will likely prescribe antibiotics, pain medications and steroids. It is important to follow the doctor’s directions on medication use.