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How long does it take for recovery from septum rhinoplasty-plaster cast?

Hello, i had my septum straightened and the inner cartilage of my nose straightened too it happened 5 days ago, i had my initial 3 stitches out two days ago, and due to have my splints removed this wednesday (26th feb) I was wondering, the doctors have mentioned i might need my plaster cast on for a little longer, How much longer do you reckon it'll stay on? I am going on holiday in march and wouldn't like to have it on there!

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Splinting/casting after rhinoplasty

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It is common to have an external nasal splint or cast and sometimes an internal nasal splint/packing after rhinoplasty. Typically an external splint or cast is removed 7-10 days after surgery. In some instances, depending what was performed during surgery, the surgeon may elect leave the external splint or cast on for longer. However, in my experience it is uncommon to leave it on past 14 days - it's usually falling off by this point anyways! You should ask your surgeon specifically when the plaster cast will be removed at your next appointment.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Plaster Cast Castaway!!

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First thing is plaster casts, splints, stitches is very OLD school!!  Splints are really bad coming out!! Sorry about that.  Was you doc a facial plastic surgeon?  Anyway, the cast should stay on for 5-7 days.  Thats the standard!

Good luck, 

Dr. D 

Peter V. Driscoll, MD
Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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