Can I put my nose underwater after rhino and septoplasty

I had a Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty 3 days ago, i have the splint still and my nose is bleeding alot on the left side, but there is alot of gooey mucus on the right side, I was wondering if i could put the tip of my nose underwater to just clear out the mucus and blood.

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Cleaning the Nose after Rhinoplasty

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Following Rhinoplasty Surgery there are several things that may help clean mucous and blood from the area.  Submerging the nose in water is probably not a good idea.  Use of nasal saline spray can be helpful along with use of cotton swabs to gently wipe away the debris.  You may also consider use of peroxide on a cotton swab to help remove the debris.  Best Regards


New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post-operative wound care

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Following a septorhinoplasty, it is not uncommon to have crusting and mucus build up from the procedure and the intranasal incisions or packing/splints.  While submerging your nose underwater may seem like a good idea to loosen the crusts and help with some of these problems, I would not recommend it.  Generally, gentle use of nasal saline spray and q-tips can help clean your suture lines and clear your nose of crusting/mucus.  Best of luck with the healing process!

Jeffrey Rawnsley, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling, some advices:

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Thank you very much for enquire. Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity.
In this regard, the nasal swelling Post-op It can last from two weeks to two months.
To reduce this swelling, I recommend you perform delicates daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the face (around the nose) avoid sun exposure, and take pain/inflamation pills, as your surgeron precribe you.
Kind regards, 
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-  

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Nose under water at three days?

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That is a good question to ask your surgeon - but my answer would be no.I have patients use nasal saline spray, but submerging the nose in water seem ill-advised to me.

Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Immerse the nose?

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No!  Please do not immerse your nose underwater. This can put you at risk of infection as well as dislodge your splint/cast. If it is bleeding, you need to call your surgeon and be evaluated.

John B. Lazor, MD, MBA, FACS
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon

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