Can poking/manipulating my nose years later affect rhinoplasty revision results? (Photo)
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Touching the inside of you nose after Rhinoplasty
Since the nose lies in a prominent position on our faces it is inevitable that it will be touched, manipulated and rubbed. With your description of gentle manipulation it is unlikely that you would have affected the results of your rhinoplasty, especially after 3 years. However, if you experience any pain or you see visible changes I suggest you follow up with your surgeon for evaluation. Good luck.
It wouldn't be a good idea to manipulate the inside of your nose. You can certainly do harm by doing that. I recommend that you see a facial plastic surgeon who can examine your nose (inside and outside) thoroughly.
Dear SkylarS, I would see a surgeon for an intra-nasal examination if you have concerns with remaining deviation. It is never a good idea to manipulate the nose by putting your fingers in your nose for multiple reasons. See your surgeon for a follow up to answer any of your concerns. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.
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Touching the nose is something everyone does. Excessive touching, squeezing, picking, or manipulating the nose is not a good idea as you can introduce bacteria to the nose. This should be avoided especially while your nose is healing from a rhinoplasty. An infection would be catastrophic. After your nose is healed, normal contact is fine. Unless you pull hard enough to feel a tear, cause bleeding, or persistent pain, it's unlike you've done anything to change the result. If there is any questions, I recommend returning to your surgeon who can evaluate your nose. Safety comes first.