Blowing nose 3 months post rhinoplasty.

Like the title says, I am almost 3 months post rhinoplasty. The swelling is going down very slowly but it's getting there. I have a lot of crusting and the only way to really get it out is to rinse with saline and the blow my nose. I'm aware that by blowing the nose you mainly risk a nosebleed but I was wondering if this could increase or prolong swelling. Obviously I don't do it super hard but I blow it with moderate force-- not exactly super light either.

Doctor Answers 4


At 3 months it should be safe to blow your nose.  All incision should be well healed and you should not damage anything.  Again, you should do it with minimal/moderate force.  

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Blowing nose 3 months post rhinoplasty.

Since your chosen operative surgeon knows you best I would return for follow up in person to address this question.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

3 months post op, some advices:

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 273 reviews

Nose blowing following rhinoplasty

Being 3 months removed from surgery, you should be fine to blow your nose. I generally clear my patients to begin light nose blowing at one week following surgery, and full nasal blowing several weeks down the road. As always, though, when in doubt contact your surgeon for clearance on issues like this.

Mark Been, MD
Barrington Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.