I had a nose surgery, when is it safe to blow my nose?
Blowing Nose After Rhinoplasty?
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Nose Blowing After Rhinoplasty
Nose blowing after rhinoplasty varies based on the type of rhinoplasty. Seek advice from your surgeon for your specific case. Below are general guidelines for patients in my practice:
- Rhinoplasty without septoplasty- May blow nose with care at 2 weeks after surgery
- Rhinoplasty with septoplasty- May blow nose with care at 4-6 weeks after surgery
- Rhinoplasty with septal perforation repair- May blow nose with care at 12 weeks after surgery
Blowing the nose can place pressure on the septomucoperichondrial flap and potentially lead to a perforation, nose bleeding, separation of mucoperichondrial flaps. Until your physician gives you clearance to blow your nose, you can use saline to break up any secretions and then dab at the bottom of your nose.
You can blow gently a week after Rhinoplasty
As long as you don't use a lot of force you can gently blow your nose after one week. We are only concerned with starting a nose bleed if you blow too hard.
Safe to gently blow nose one week after surgery
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I advise patients not to blow their nose for two weeks after surgery. Then do so without putting pressure on the nose for additional week to avoid excessive force.
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It’s not unusual for patients to have nasal congestion following rhinoplasty. This is often secondary to swelling with crusting and scabbing within the nasal passage. When this occurs, patients have an irresistible urge to blow their nose.
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