How Soon Can I Get a Nose Piercing After Rhinoplasty?

how soon after a rhinoplasty procedure can i safely get a nose piercing?

Doctor Answers 9

Rhinoplasty Nose Piercing

I’d recommend 10 weeks before piercing the nose after a rhinoplasty procedure but be sure to check with your specific doctor.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wait at least 6 weeks after rhinoplasy to have nose peirced

I have my patients wait at least 6 weeks after their rhinoplasty to have their noses pierced. There are no hard and fast rules but why take any unnecessary risks early on?

Jason B. Diamond, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nose Piercing After Rhinoplasty

Nose piercing can damage the underlying cartilages.  I see patients I operate on with a hole in the lower lateral cartilage as a result from the piercing.  

The pros and cons of nasal piercing should be discussed with your rhinoplasty surgeon.  Generally speaking, piercing of the nose can take place at 8 weeks after a primary rhinoplasty.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Piercing nose after rhinoplasty

In general, I recommend against having the nose pierced. I know of cases where a
significant infection occurred. This can lead to a substantial deformity. Since the
rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes, it would be a shame to have the nice contour of the nose following surgery potentially destroyed by piercing of the nose. However, for those who insist on having the nose pierced, waiting at least a couple of months is advisable.

Sigmund L. Sattenspiel, MD
Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Nose piercing after Rhinoplasty

You should wait at least 6-8 weeks in order to give you nose enough time to heal. In general, I would not recommend you ever re-pierce your nose after a rhinoplasty though. You also don't want to increase your risk of infection by piercing your nose. Of course, ask your own plastic surgeon what he/she recommends!

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Nose piercing after rhinoplasty

You will want your incisions to heal, and you will want to discuss this with your surgeon.  I would recommend no less than a 6 week interval before a foreign body is introduced into the surgical region.

Adam David Lowenstein, MD, FACS
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal piercing after rhinoplasty

Most wounds have healed within 6 weeks. However, exceptions include the possible use of an alar margin graft and therefore you should discuss this with your surgeon prior to proceeding.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Nose piercing after rhinoplasty.

 Four to eight weeks should be fine, but check with your surgeon since each surgeon has a different feeling about this. You might have him so the piercing.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Nose piercing after rhinoplasty

This is something that you would need to discuss with your surgeon, but I would suggest waiting at least 6 weeks after surgery prior to piercing your nose.  This ensures that your internal incisions will have healed, and your risk of infection will be much lower at this time point.  Good luck, /nsn.

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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