Is It Okay to Occasionally Pick Nose Three Months Post Reduction Rhinoplasty?

Is it okay to occasionally pick nose three months after undergoing a reduction rhinoplasty? Just the tip, less than an inch from the nasal openings. The urge is quite high and is not going away with just saline sprays. I mainly wish to know if such occasional picking would affect the final result (enlarge the tip, enlarge the nasal opening, etc.) Thank you.

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Is It Okay to Occasionally Pick Nose Three Months Post Reduction Rhinoplasty?

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One should really never “pick” at one’s nose.  If you need to clean the inside of your nose,  either gentle blowing or using a Q-tip to gently clean just inside the nose is recommended.  It’s doubtful that you will do any damage otherwise, but if one is not extremely careful, this is always a possibility. 

Jonathan Ross Berman, M.D. , F.A.C.S.


Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Picking nose

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In my practice I have patients use q-tips gently after the splint is removed. This is used for two weeks best done after showering or after using saline nasal drops.  After 3 wks post surgery, gentle nasal blowing is ok.  I would avoid picking for several months even if tempted. You may cause bleeding, but check with your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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