Can Light Touching and Massaging Hurt the Nose After Rhinoplasty

I am about 8 weeks post op from an open rhinoplasty. For the last few weeks, i have found myself subconsciously touching and gently rubbing my nose just to feel if it is all symmetrical. Never have i felt any pain when doing this, but i am worried if i am causing disruption in the healing process. Could light touching/ massaging shift any structures or cause the skin to not settle properly this long after my surgery?

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Massage & Rhinoplasty

Massage in rhinoplasty is actually quite good to do. I encourage my patients to do that beginning in 10-14 days as it will actually help with normal wound maturation.


Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Massage & Rhinoplasty

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Massage in rhinoplasty is actually quite good to do. I encourage my patients to do that beginning in 10-14 days as it will actually help with normal wound maturation.


Dallas Plastic Surgeon

Touching and massaging the nose after rhinoplasty

Light touching of the nose will not affect your surgical result. Massaging the nose is not a good idea while in the healing process as you may cause excess swelling. Speak with your surgeon and have he/she advise you if they want you to do any type of nasal exercise, otherwise obstaine. Best regards!

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Touching and massaging the nose after rhinoplasty

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Light touching of the nose will not affect your surgical result. Massaging the nose is not a good idea while in the healing process as you may cause excess swelling. Speak with your surgeon and have he/she advise you if they want you to do any type of nasal exercise, otherwise obstaine. Best regards!

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

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