11 Days Post Op Rhinoplasty and I Just Got a Cold Today, Could This Harm the Results?

11 days post op Rhinoplasty (cast is off) and I just got a cold today! How should I handle my nose running and stuffiness without harming anything???

Doctor Answers 6

Cold or Allergies after Rhinoplasty Surgery

Hi  suzyshere1,

Thank you for your question. 

Typically, with an upper respiratory infection, cold, flu, or allergies the nose will be congested. Often patient's will have increased nasal swelling, mucous, and post-nasal drip. Patients after recent rhinoplasty might have worse symptoms, as they are still recovering from the procedure.

The good news is that generally a cold will not affect the final result for your rhinoplasty. Nasal saline rinse and over-the-counter antihistamine tablet are typically good options to help clear the nose.

First speak with your plastic surgeon. He or she may prescribe an antibiotic pill or ointment, as needed. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can he/she help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki


Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Cold after nasal surgery

don t be concerned.. consider clariton to dry up the runny nose..  call your doctor if you develope yellow or green drainage

blow gently and wipe gently

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Cold after rhinoplasty

I'm sorry you are having this to deal with. Other then being more congested it shouldn't harm your result. Try not to rub you nose to much which could irritate suture lines. Get the clearance from your surgeon but I think you could take any otc cold remedy for congestion and stuffiness.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Cold after rhinoplasty

No don't worry. Take the usual drug stor medicines. Gently blot your nose without wiping too much. Try some Eichinacea.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Rhinoplasty Post-Op Problems

It happens--try not to worry.  I recommend gentle irrigations inside your nose with saline to help flush the mucous and decrease the viral load (most often a viral infection).  Try not to blow hard and avoid rubbing the nose as much as possible.  Call your surgeon with any concerns.  Good luck! 

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

11 Days Post Op Rhinoplasty and I Just Got a Cold Today, Could This Harm the Results?

Developing a cold after a Rhinoplasty should have no effect on the results of the Rhinoplasty but you should ask your Rhinoplasty Surgeon for specific recommendations, if any.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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