5 days Post rhinoseptoplasty and turbinate reduction and this fell out of my nose? (Photos)

I have no idea what this is, but I woke up to most of it hanging out of my nose. I thought it was mucus from surgery, so I wiped it with Kleenex and this entire thing fell out of my nose. I'm totally freaking out. What is this? I know that I had to have Spreader grafts to fix my collapsing nose. I still have my internal stents in, and go in to get them removed Monday. Called my doctor, and he seems to think it is a stitch. It does not feel like a stitch. Please tell me my surgery is not ruined!

Doctor Answers 3

Post-Operative Concerns

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Thank you for your question!  From your picture, it appears this is either a small suture (stitch), or some debris from surgery.  Most likely this is nothing to worry about.  I do agree that your need to let your surgeon know about this keep he/she informed of any other changes.  You may even want to sent this picture to them.  

I hope that this helps!

-David Gilpin


Nashville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What came out of my nose?!

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Nothing is ruined. This is just some tissue debris related to the turbinate reduction portion of your surgery. Nothing to worry about at all. 

Follow-up with your surgeon. 

1 week post op, some advices:

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Thank you very much for enquire.

It's too early to make value judgments. Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity. In this regard, 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. Kind regards,  Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-  

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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