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Can smiling damage the results of the Rhinoplasty?

i recently underwent rhinoplasty ( 2 weeks ago) to fix a deviated septum. sometimes something funny makes me laugh and then i smile and it really hurts my nose. can smiling damamge the results of the rhinoplasty?

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Smile all you want after rhinoplasty!

Hi George,

I wouldn't worry a bit about smiling after your nasal surgery.  This is likely just due to edema and irritation of the surrounding tissues.  Go ahead and smile..and enjoy your new nose and breathing!

Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laughing After Rhinoplasty Why it Hurts.

Dear George from Montreal
Since you had a septorhinoplasty two weeks ago, the nasal tissue is not completely healed. When you laugh many of your facial muscles are used that may pull your nasal tissue and causing discomfort. Go ahead and smile, it won’t hurt your nose job. Enjoy your new nose.

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laughing and rhinoplasty

Laughing and having some discomfort after a rhinoplasty is normal during the early post-op healing process. The smile action pulls on the soft tissue around the nose and causes the discomfort.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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