Ask a doctor

4th day post op congestion in only one nostril?

I had an open rhinoplasty (crooked nose+ reduction) + deviated septum correction. My nose feels stuffy all the time, but I know that's normal. However, I can now breathe with one of my nostrils, while the other one is stuffed. Is it possible that the septum correction didn't go as planned or is it too early to tell?

Doctor Answers 6

Dr. Kimberly Henry

Hello, thank you for your question! As it is only the fourth day after your surgery, it is much too early to tell. You still have swelling, just be patient. You could ask your doctor for steroids to help with the post op swelling. Also, using q-tips with hydrogen peroxide gently can help keep your nose clean, but only with permission from your doctor. You could try sleeping with the clogged/swollen nostril side up, also, to aid in drainage. Good luck!

Greenbrae Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

350 Bon Air Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904

Post-op Congestion

It is not uncommon to have nasal congestion for up to six weeks post nasal surgery. Frequent saline spray rinses can help

Greg Chernoff, MD
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

9002 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46260-5381

4th day after rhinoplasty

It's far too early to tell. It's very common for one side to be more congested than the other this soon after septorhinoplasty. This is quite normal and doesn't have any significance at this stage. Best of luck.

A. Joshua Zimm, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

50 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

4th day post-op rhinoplasty

At four days after rhinoplasty you are likely very swollen and need to give it time to settle down. This may take a few months.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

4th day post op congestion in only one nostril?

It will be too early to tell. Swelling can cause some measurable distortion.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 335 reviews

435 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4th Day Post Op Rhinoplasty

What you are experiencing is normal. It is always one side that seems more stuffy than the other. You are in the very early healing process. Be patient, and follow your surgeon's instructions for a complete recovery.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

980 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.