3 weeks post rhinoplasty and still can't breathe?
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Can't breathe 3 weeks after surgery
It is completely normal to have nasal congestion for at least 3 weeks after cosmetic and functional nasal surgery. The nose will make crusts (like scabs) and it takes 3-6 weeks for it heal completely. I have patients return for weekly cleaning to remove these crusts. This enables the nose to heal faster without any increased risk of infection or scar formation. Perhaps your doctor can do this?
Hope this helps!
Dr. Michelle Yagoda
3 wks post rhinoplasty and breathing issues
3 weeks post op, some advices:
Swelling time after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity (Ex.: Rhinoplasty with nasal controled nasal bones fracture (osteotomy) will have greater inflammation than one in which only the nasal tip treatment).
But, generally 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.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-
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Congratulations on your rhinoplasty! It sounds like your surgery was a functional septorhinoplasty and edema or swelling after surgery is very common. This swelling can take up to a year to resolve. Sometimes using saline nasal spray can help decongest the nose. If you have seasonal allergies, you may need to resume your treatment for this. It is important to maintain follow up with your board certified plastic surgeon so that she/he can examine you and see what the cause and treatment is. Best of luck, MMT
Nasal blockage post septorhinoplasty
The blockage can lasts for good 6 weeks but you better consult your surgeon to exclude any remote possibility of septal haematoma or adhesions!
In the interim it is advisable to continue with regular nasal dushes to get rid of nasal crusting!!
Best wishes and good luck
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained Plastic Surgeon
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