Open Rhinoplasty: Is It Okay to Leave my Cast on for 3 Weeks After Rhinoplasty?

I went into my doctor's office after 5 days of my open rhinoplasty to have my stitches and stints removed, but a family problem has emerged and I will not be able to see my doctor for 3 more weeks. Is this too long for the cast to be on even if I take care of it? Should I remove it myself? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 4

Removing Nasal Cast At 3 Weeks Post-op


Removal your nasal cast on your own is not a good idea whatsoever.

That being said, I recommend that you contact your surgeon with whom you should disclose your inability to be at his/her office anytime soon; it is up to your surgeon to decide when it is the critical time to have your cast removed.

I hope this helps.

The best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

Leaving Cast in Place for 3 Weeks after Rhinoplasty

Leaving the cast in place for 3 weeks after your rhinoplasty will not cause any problems or have any influence on the amount of swelling. I would not recommend removal but consult with the surgeon who did your operation.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

It Isn't Okay to Leave Your Rhinoplasty Cast On For More Than 3 Weeks

Your cast should probably not stay on for another 3 weeks (although after 2 weeks it may just fall off on it's own). Contact your surgeon and they can likely help you find a colleague wherever you are to take it off for you. Good luck.

Michael R. Menachof, MD
Greenwood Village Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

The Cast

Better not mess with the cast or splints.  Call your surgeon and make appropriate follow-ups with trusted colleagues. 

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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