Can smiling, grinning or prolonged laughter 16 days after septorhinoplasty have any negative impact on my nose and final result?

I find myself becoming very paranoid about the littlest things, as though I might somehow inadvertently damage my new nose. For two weeks I held back smiling and any kind of laughter until recently. When I would laugh or smile I never felt any pain coming from my nose but I did feel a little tingling and tenderness coming from the base of my nose and nostrils. Is this worth stressing about 16 days post op. I just want to make sure I'm not risking a possible tear or pull inside my nose.

Doctor Answers 2

Smile, laugh and grin after rhinoplasty

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These are all safe to do. The bigger risk is bumping into an object, a child or a pet. Also, avoid biting into a burger or apple as it can touch the nasal tip and hurt it. 

Dr. J

Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and facial animation

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It is doubtful if facial expressions made during the early post-op period would have any effect on the long term results of the rhinoplasty.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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