I see a mass of flesh blocking the nostril as I cannot breathe through it. Does this mean my nostril has collapsed? (photo)
Doctor Answers (3)
After rhinoplasty--this is swelling, not nostril collapse.
This is a common question as this is frequently visible, especially if the surgeon does not suture this rim incision to allow bleeding to escape. But your airway blockage is almost certainly further inside the nose than this.
Your nostril looks well-supported by the remaining cartilage inside your nose. Collapse would be evident if you inspired (breathed in) and the nostril rim collapsed to a slit rather than remaining round or oval shaped. I'm pretty sure you don't have nostril collapse.
Follow your doctor's orders and do not pick or blow your nose. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated for the first 3 weeks after rhinoplasty surgery will help to relieve congestion. A sofa cushion under your mattress is an easy way to ensure slight head elevation higher than your heart, and then you can use your normal pillow rather than trying to stay aloft on 2 or 3! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
It looks like your just had surgery and have a splint on. Your nostril doesn't look collapsed. This just looks like mucosal swelling, perfectly normal. But this is a question for your surgeon, so call the office and check it out, but what I see looks pretty good. All the best, "Dr. Joe"
Unable to breathe soon after surgery
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