I had a very traumatic experience after my rhinoplasty. I am healing fine I think, but I am worried about touching and washing my nose. Will I always have to be concerned? I did not plan on feeling this way, but I fear I'll never be able to rub my nose, or touch it the way I used to. I never really knew how much I touched my face/nose until I was told not to. So is It possible to just treat my nose normally again, without always thinking about it? Thanks so much for your time.
Will I be Able to Treat my Post Rhinoplasty Nose as Normal?
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Apprehension about manipulating the nose following a rhinoplasty is normal because of the swelling and tenderness. However, 3-4 weeks after surgery the soft tissues are sufficiently healed to allow normal handling of the nose. Your anxiety will gradually disappear with time.
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Your nose should be rock solid by 1 year after the Rhinoplasty and many, of my, Rhinoplasty patients achievce this at 6-9 months but I gave you an extra few months based on your comments of a rough post op Rhinoplasty experience. You should be able to treat your nose as you did before.
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When to Treat Your Nose Like Normal After Rhinoplasty
After a rhinoplasty your nose will always be slightly more delicate than before surgery. The key word here is "slightly" however. Within 3 or 4 months the typical rhinoplasty nose will be within a few percentage points of its pre-surgical strength. There are some unusual situations were a rhinoplasty has been done to reconstruct a severely damaged nose where this is not true and you will need to ask your surgeon.
I ask my patients to wait 2 months after rhinoplasty before engaging in sport or activities where they could get "bopped" in the nose. It is probably a good idea never to engage in activities where nose injury is common. For example, basketball rebounding would be a bad idea.