Bad Smell from Nose 2 Months After Rhinoplasty, What Can be Done?

I had an open rhinoplasty two months ago and have had a bad smell coming from my nose ever since. Why is that so? And what can be done about it? Thank you for your help!

Doctor Answers 3

Bad Smell from Nose 2 Months After Rhinoplasty, What Can be Done?

Go back to your Rhinoplasty Surgeon for an examination of your nose inside and out to rule out infection.  Manipulation of the inferior turbinate can sometimes lead to infection giving a could smell and discharge.  This should be addressed ASAP.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bad odor following rhinoplasty may be a problem

There are various ways to perform rhinoplasty, and each may carry its own set of complications.  Depending on the details of your rhinoplasty (e.g., was there cartilage grafting, was artificial material used, was this a secondary rhinoplasty, any history of trauma, were there postop wounds or infection, etc), you could be experiencing a wound inside your nose, most likely along the septum.  Sometimes, this can herald a septal perforation or exposure of grafts that were placed during your surgery.  If this is the case, the solution will likely be a secondary surgery to close any wounds or holes that may have developed and remove any exposed grafts.

Alternatively, the bad smell may be unrelated.  For example, if you have a history of acute or chronic sinusitis, this can sometimes produce foul odors.  In either case, have your surgeon check it out and initiate the appropriate treatment.

Andre Panossian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Bad odor

It could be as simple as your nose being dry and needing saline irrigation but each situation is unique and only your rhinoplasty surgeon knows the specific details of your procedure and should be the person commenting on post-operative questions such as this

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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