I am four days post rhinoplasty. I am a very fidgety person and I can't help flaring my nostrils and poking the tip of my nose (i still have a splint on) since my nose feels so stuffy and itchy. I didn't think i was doing damage, but while researching i found out the dangers of moving your nose before the cartilage has completely set in and "hardened". I get my splint off in a couple days, but i'm really nervous that i've ruined my nose! thank you in advanced for all your advice.
Are "Flaring Nostrils" Post Rhinoplasty dangerous?
Doctor Answers 6
Unlikely, but follow up with your surgeon
This is unlikely to be a problem, so I wouldn't worry too much. However, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon.
Poking and prodding your nose days after a rhinoplasty not advisable
You should refrain from manipulating and poking your nose so early after a rhinoplasty as this can potentially impact your results depending how aggressive you are. That includes introducing objects inside your nose. As regards the flaring of you nostril, it is unlikely that any damage has been done.
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Flaring nostrils and pushing tip
You should refrain from excessive manipulation of the nose until it has healed adequately. That said, it is unlikely that you have altered the result. Donald R. Nunn MD Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.
You are unlikely to have done any harm with flaring your nostrils. However pulling down on the tip may be an issue. A lot of surgeons depend on healing to stabilize the tip position
Messing with your new nose
Fidgety or not, leave your nose alone! It's actually difficult to mess it up by poking at it or manipulating your nostrils but it can be accomplished if you try hard enough. Exercise some patients.
All the best,
Talmage J. Raine MD FACS
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