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Four Weeks Post Op Open Rhinoplasty, Nose Feels Extremely Dry, Should I Be Worried?

I am almost four weeks post op open rhinoplasty with osteotomies, septoplasty, and turbinate reduction. I am breathing well but my nose feels extremely dry. Should I be worried?

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Rhinoplasty - Dry nose after surgery

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Thank you for your question, Audrey. Nasal dryness in the weeks following rhinoplasty is common. Absent other symptoms, dryness alone is generally not worrisome. Use of saline nasal spray and/or saline nasal gel can help moisturize your nose which will improve your comfort until the post operative dryness subsides. Good luck.

Web reference: http://www.pearsonmd.com/rhinoplasty-surgery.htm

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty healing time and dry nose

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Dear audrey94,

  1. The glands in your nose are still adjusting after surgery and it may take a few months for them to come all the way back
  2. In the meantime, use a nasal saline spray to keep things moist
  3. You can even consider a humidifier in the bedroom to help you at nighttime

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani
 

Web reference: http://www.eosplasticsurgery.com/Rhinoplasty.htm

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dryness of the airway can last for several months after rhinoplasty.

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What you are experiencing is not uncommon. Nasal sprays to add moisture and combat inflammation are often helpful.

Web reference: http://www.zubowicz.com/subpag,25-atlanta-rhinoplasty.htm

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Post op dryness

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Your nose is healing and the dryness should improve over time.  Use nasal saline sprays and a light coat of vasceline at the nostrils.  That should help the dryness.  A humidifier can also help.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Dryness of the nose after a rhinoplasty

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It is not unusual for the nose to feel dry after a rhinoplasty.  It is helpful in this healing period to use a nasal spray such as Ocean and use a small amount of vasoline at the opening of the nostrils to add humidity.  A cold air humidifier at night is also useful.  

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Nose feels dry

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I foten have patients use saline nasal drops if they feel a bit dry. This can be part of the post-op healing process with the septal and turbinate surgery.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Dry Nose Feeling after Open Septorhinoplasty

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Thank you for the great question. Assuming that you do not have a fever or any purulent drainage from the nose, it's likely that the dryness you are feeling is just a result of swelling and soft tissue trauma from the surgery.  In my practice, I have patients use small amounts of a nasal saline spray (Ocean Nasal Spray) up to 4 or 5 times a day starting in the second week after surgery.  If dryness persists well after that time, you will need to follow up with your surgeon for further evaluation.
 

Web reference: http://www.sanfranciscofacialplasticsurgery.com/rhinoplasty/

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Dry nose after surgery

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This is common after nasal surgery. I recommend my patients to start using nasal saline irrigations after surgery. Check with your surgeon to see what he recommends.

Web reference: http://www.drbustillo.com

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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