After Five Days Post Rhinoplasty, What Do You Do when a Splint Starts to Slide Down?

After Five Days Post Rhinoplasty, What Do You Do when a Splint Starts to Slide Down?

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Splint after rhinoplasty

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The placement of a nasal splint after rhinoplasty is very important in maintaining the position of the nasal bones until they have healed. If your splint becomes loosened or you think there is any problem with it at all, you should see your plastic surgeon right away. The splint may need to be reapplied.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Cast or Splint Coming Off after Rhinoplasty

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The nasal cast or splint is typically removed approximately 1 week after rhinoplasty. The cast helps keep nasal shape and reduce swelling. However, facial oil and sweat will loosen the tape. You can reinforce the cast with additional tape on top of the cast. Speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon for specific instructions, as he/she may allow it to come off earlier if appropriate or ask you to come to the office for re-taping.

Dr. Chaboki


Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sliding cast

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This not uncommon. Facial oils and or persperation will do this. At five days I remove the cast anyway Tape may be necessary.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Nasal splint sliding down... tape it to secure position until surgeon removes it

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Your surgeon will likely remove the splint soon so just tape it into position.  You can purchase the appropriate tape at any pharmacy.  Good luck.

Louise Ferland, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon

Loose splint after rhinoplasty

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Most surgeons will remove the splint in 5-7 days.  You can try to tape the splint down to your face and contact your surgeon for instructions

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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