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Lump and Smell 2 Months After Rhinoplasty?

Hello, I have had Rhinoplasty two months ago to remove a hump, straighten out the nose, and to slightly reduce the tip. Ever since, I have been experiencing a smell that comes and goes. Also, in the first few weeks yellow liquid was coming out of my nose. When I went for my two or three week check up the doctor noticed something in my nose but he decided not to poke it or pop it. A few weeks ago I noticed a lump inside of my nose. It is flesh colored and soft. Should I be worried?

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Unusual Nasal Discharge And Inner Lump After Rhinoplasty


Dear Yasmink,


The "yellow discharge" you had for two weeks after your rhinoplasty was performed is not a common sign. It could pretty much be a result of an infection; adding to that is the unusual intermittent smell you detect and lately the "flesh colored and soft" internal nasal lump.

I highly suspect an internal infection but without full and thorough nasal examination and knowing the smallest details of your surgery I cannot be sure of the cause behind what you have developed.

I encourage you to have your surgeon examine you because you want to catch an infection at the right time before it spreads and causes irreparable damage.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your inquiry.

The best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

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Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Persistent Lump and Smell 2 Months after Rhinoplasty


Yes, you should be worried. I don't know what was done at your operation, for example was an implant placed, but I'd be concerned about an underlying infection. You should see your surgeon for a evaluation and appropriate treatment.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Smell and discharge after rhinoplasty


Having a purulent discharge for a first few weeks after rhinoplasty is not entirely normal. Sometimes, when a turbinate reduction or cauterization is performed with rhinoplasty, it is possible to see some fibrinous material mixed with purulence first 2 weeks or so.  I am usually fairly aggressive with debridement of this necrotic tissue and do so during the first postoperative visit on day 6-7.  Flesh colored lump inside the nose may be a turbinate remnant, or possibly an inflammatory tissue (granuloma). Another reason for the smell and discharge is an infection inside the nose/ sinuses. In any case, you should follow up with your surgeon to take care of this problem.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Smelly Rhino


I am concerned about your persistent yellow liquid discharge.  A nasal infection or an infection of a sinus cavity would need appropriate cultures taken along with directed antibiotic treatment.  The smell you describe could be nasal debris or perhaps turbinate tissue.  Call your surgeon now and follow-up immediately.

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Lump and Smell 2 Months After Rhinoplasty?


 Yes, this is not typical after Rhinoplasty and you should go back and see your Rhinoplasty Surgeon for evaluation and possible treatment.

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Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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