Can I Make my Nostrils Bigger by Blowing, Moving, and Opening Them Too Much with the Nose Muscles After Rhinoplasty?

I had Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty done about three weeks ago. I've been getting really bothersome mucus that makes my nose itchy, crusty and obstructed. I've been going to the doctor once a week to get it cleaned, but sometimes I get horrible mucus throughout the week, so I blow it out after using my saline solution for cleaning. I don't blow my nose like with tissue paper, I don't touch the outsides. I just make them go down and pull them out. Could this dramatically change the nostrils looks?

Doctor Answers 5

Blowing the nose after rhinoplasty

This should not have an impact on the appearance of your nostrils. I would recommend following up with your surgeon, as they know the details of your procedure and will be able to advise you. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Make my Nostrils Bigger by Blowing, Moving, and Opening Them Too Much with the Nose Muscles After Rhinoplasty?

       If alar base reduction was performed, it is possible to cause separation at the incision line.  At 3 weeks though, this is less likely.  If there is any concern, get an exam from your surgeon.


Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Nostril appearance after rhinoplasty

At three weeks I am sure you still have a lot of swelling. With time, the shape and size will change a bit as the swelling dissipates.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Rhinoplasty Post Op

What you are describing will not change the size of your nostrils.  Follow up with your Plastic Surgeon regarding the issues you are having. He knows the procedure that was done, and can best guide you to recovery.  Best wishes!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Nasal appearance after rhinoplasty

The appearance of your nostrils will not change dramatically by doing the things you are describing.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

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