I recently had a rhinoplasty surgery on April 27, and I've caught myself a few times picking or trying to dig at some left over build up or crust in my nose. I try hard to avoid it, but it's very hard not to. Can picking so soon after a rhino increase the swelling or even worse disrupt or disfigure the results of the surgery? I am worried now, and I still have alot of build up to get out.
Can Picking Your Nose Shortly After a Rhinoplasty (1 Week) Increase Swelling?
Doctor Answers (7)
Light Picking After Rhinoplasty Unlikely to Have Any Deleterious Effects
I understand after a Rhinoplasty, the inside of your nose can be filled with crust and debris. I can be an uncomfortable feeling. All rhinoplasty specialist give their patients specific post-op instruction on how to clean their nose. This cleaning is not only to insure the nose will heal the best, but also make the recovery as comfortable as possible. (remove the debris and crusts)
It is unlikely that light nose picking at this time will have any effect on the long-term result of your surgery or increase your swelling. During a rhinoplasty, the nose is constructed with a strong foundation that cannot be disrupted by light nose picking. If you nose was stuck or hit then it has a greater chance of affecting the long-term results.
I always tell my patients and would encourage you to call your doctor with any concerns. The doctor will be happy to see you and during the appointment/call he or she will answer your questions. This will calm your nerves, enable you to relax, and allow the doctor to evaluate your nose.
I hope this helps!
Picking The Nose At 1 Week Post Rhinoplasty
Nose picking could be a serious issue depending on its intensity especially at 1 week post-op;"gentle" nose picking may be fine down that line.
That being said, I recommend that you try to have a better control over your behavior and to have your surgeon in the loop of what is happening as he/she may be able to clean your nose from bothering scab crusting.
I encourage you to follow your surgeon's instructions and to protect your nose from any possible trauma also.
Thank you for your post and the best of luck to you.
Can Picking Nose Cause Nasal Sweklling after a Rhinoplasty?
Irritating your nose by picking after a rhinoplasty can cause increased swelling, but it is unlikely this will disrupt the result. I think you should try even harder not to do this. Talk to your surgeon re how to clean your nose.
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It definitely can increase swelling or disrupt the mucosa or move cartilages and I have seen it in one of my patients. Control yourself you have a large investment in yourself.
Picking nose after rhinoplasty
I usually recommend to my patients to use a q-tip gently after coming out of the shower for the first few weeks. Picking is not recommended and certainly blowing the nose is avoided to minimize bleeding.
Will picking hurt my rhinoplasty results
It's unlikely that light picking will jeopardize your rhinoplasty results. If you get too aggressive you may detach some of the sutures or cause an infection. The best plan would be to perform saline rinses to loosen up the crusting on the inside of the nose which will clean the nasal cavities and lessen the urge to pick.
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