Hi, I had septo-rhinoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction about a month and a half ago. Some days my nose is bone dry. Is this within the bounds of normal? How long does it take for the turbinates/etc. to recover? Thank you!
How Much Dryness is Normal in the Months Following Nose Surgery?
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How to relieve dryness inside the nose after rhinoplasty surgery
It is not uncommon for the nose to be dry after nasal surgery, particularly if your surgery entailed inferior turbinate reduction. This dryness may last for several months following your surgery. For your comfort, simple solutions include: using saline nasal spray whenever the dryness is unpleasant, applying topical vaseline ointment 2-3 times per day on the inside of your nose, hot steamy showers or spending time in a steam room. Finally, a simple thing that helps many of my patients in the early post-operative healing period as well as ongoing, if desired, is to use a cold air humidifier at the bedside with the spout directed toward your head so that you breathe in the steam from the humidifier throughout the night. This lubricates the lining of your nose and the oral airway to help with more rapid healing and also to help with any discomfort associated with dryness. Alternatively, some patients find their nose to be too moist following nasal surgery, with production of clear secretions for several months afterward. While this is certainly a nuisance, the good news is this will usually be temporary and subside within several months after the surgery.
Dryness is common post septorhinoplasty
Dryness after nasal surgery
Sometimes nasal surgery changes airflow patterns leading to dryness. This is more a problem in winter. Nasal saline rinses and a humidifier are helpful to decrease symptoms. Donald R. Nunn MD Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.
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Dryness is common after nose surgery
Depending on how your inferior turbinate was modified by the surgery, dryness is very common sometimes for up to 2 months or longer. You should discuss this issue with your surgeron at your post operative appointments. In the meantime most rhinoplasty surgeons recommend frequent use of saline nasal sprays to retain moisture in the nasal cavity.
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