How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

i have a badly deviated septum and i must have it corrected before i get pregnant again because it was miserable last time not being able to breathe. i am also opting for a rhinoplasty as well because i want to get it done all at once.. How soon after my prcedures can i get pregnant? after initial recovery? or should i wait for a while?

Doctor Answers 12

Pregnancy and Rhinoplasty

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I know of no reason why you cannot get prgenant right after your surgery is complete. However, the improvement from septal surgery may not be immediate. The swollen tissues inside your nose that result from a deviated septum may take months to resolve. Therefore you may want to wait until you have determined that you are breathing easily from your nose. Good luck!

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Ask your OB with regards to pregnancy after rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasy procedures are often performed under a general anesthesia, or can be performed under a local technique with sedation. When our patients are given a choice most opt for the general anesthesia. Our patients are fully healed in four weeks and are allowed full physical activity, no matter how strenuous. Nasal stuffiness can persist however for as long as six weeks after.

I discussed this issue with our anesthesia and OB doctors, and the consensus is that they would like several normal cycles after the anesthesia, and of course you must be off all unapproved medications. In our location about all that is approved are prenatal vitamins and Tylenol. The rhinoplasty has little bearing on becoming pregnant.

On a final note, remember that nasal congestion or stuffiness can be a sign of pregnancy, and can last through term. The septal surgery may reduce the problem with your second pregnancy, but the problem will clear in most over time. Saline spray or a cold air humidifier can help. Your OB would be very unhappy with the suggestion of steroid injections in the nose.

Best of luck.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

You can get pregnant soon after rhinoplasty.

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Hi Renai,

You can get pregnant soon after rhinoplasty; we usually recommend waiting two weeks before having vigorous exercise. Light exercise after one week.

If you wish to correct both cosmetic and functional (breathing) concerns at the same time, septorhinoplasty is the answer. If you only want to improve your breathing, then there is a non-surgical method of correcting breathing problems by using Somnoplasty which uses radiofrequency to reduce the tissue volume of the inferior nasal turbinate. The procedure is quick, easy, and performed in the office under local anesthesia.

Patients who are suffering from nasal obstruction during pregnancy often benefit from Kenalog injections in their inferior nasal turbinate, which is safe when performed by an experienced and meticulously careful surgeon. The treatment should only be performed by a well trained nasal specialist. Relief from the breathing obstruction can be felt within a day or two.

Do choose your rhinoplasty surgeon most carefully. Good luck with your new nose and baby. Be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Not a problem.

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As you are planning a functional airway surgery (septal deviation repair) as well as a cosmetic rhinoplasty, you should be able to be pregnant without too much trouble. The increased fluid of pregnancy may initially give you trouble but probably not to the extent of your previous pregnancies. In my estimation most internal swelling of the nose disappears after 6-8 weeks, so getting pregnant after then would be o.k.

More importantly, you should make sure that you are far enough into the post-operative period to be off all narcotics, etc. so that these drugs can't can affect a developing embryo. And, as Dr. Seify recommended, make sure you aren't pregnant on the day of surgery to avoid the risk of anesthetic danger to a developing embryo. Good luck with the new nose and the new little one :-)

Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Safe to have Rhinoplasty after pregnancy

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It should not pose a problem, but remember that during pregnancy, you will have some weight gain in the form of fluid retention. Therefore, you will have areas of your body swell, including your face, and perhaps your nose.

Don't be alarmed and just hang in there. Having said that, some women don't get any water retention at all, and may just depend on your body.

Good luck!

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Safe to get pregnant soon after Rhinoplasty

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It's safe to get pregnant soon after your septo-rhinoplasty. The anesthetic is out of your system very soon after the procedure and there should be no health concern regarding the timing. The main question is one of convenience.

Most people with badly deviated septums experience improved breathing even soon after the procedure. Remember, though, that you will have some swelling both internally and externally that will take several months to resolve completely. Hormonal-related swelling from pregnancy can exacerbate this. It usually doesn't get too bad though until about the halfway point so you should find you have plenty of time to recover and enjoy the breathing improvements. At least that'll be one less thing to think about. Good luck and take care.

Jason Litner, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Rhinoplasty and pregnancy

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There really is no definitive answer for this, but common sense would dictate to wait one or two cycles to get pregnant until you are sure everything is healed and moving in the right direction.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

No problem with pregnancy a month after Rhinoplasty

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You get pregnant when it is a good time for you. You would want to be off all medication and have the drugs from anesthesia gone from your system. Your breathing should be good within 3 weeks from the surgery and the outside will continue to heal. I would tell my patient that within a month from the surgery, pregnancy would not be a problem.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Time for recovery

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You can have your surgery any time before you get pregnant, make sure that you are not pregnant on the surgery day of course!

If the septal deviation is that bad, try to get it done as soon as possible and give 6-8 weeks for healing.

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Wait at least 1 week after the Rhinoplasty

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Seriously, the surgery will not be affected by a pregnancy after a few weeks. Therefore, you can get pregnant after a few weeks without worrying about it affecting the final outcome of your rhinoplasty.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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