How Long After Rhinoplasty Can I Sing and Play the Harmonica?

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When to sing after rhinoplasty?

Could you sing and play harp before surgery??!!  No, seriously, playing harmonica results in a lot of pressure changes through the nose, much different than singing. I would recommend waiting 4-6 weeks before you start with the harp, though you could probably return to singing earlier. Check with your surgeon.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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This is a delightful question!

I love the fact that you feel like singing and playing the harmonica after rhinoplasty surgery! I also love the fact that you are so compliance-oriented that you are asking the question!

I would suggest that you obtain verification from your own surgeon, only because it is he or she that you will go to if you have a problem with over-aggressive harmonica playing and vigorous breathing (some possibly through an incompletely-healed nose), or belting out songs like the singers in Glee or Smash on TV!

Hum a little tune and gently coax some tunes from your harmonica and you'll be fine. But any more forceful tunesmithing should wait until you are able to be more vigorous with ALL activities, about 3-4 weeks. God bless and best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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