How long should one avoid blowing their nose after a septorhinoplasty?
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Blowing Your Nose After Septoplasty
important. Talk to your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, as there are treatments to ease sinus congestion such as sterile saline spray and oral decongestant.
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Thanks for your question. Best of luck with your recovery.
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How long till I can blow my nose?
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I ask patients to wait for a month because I dont want to trigger any increased pressure which might stir up bleeding or swelling. I do suction and clean out the nose in the office early after surgery and tell patients they may gently use saline sprays to soften contents before that month period. Different docs have different protocols so you may want to ask your surgeon. Good luck!
Tolerance to nasal manipulation is very dependent on structural work performed
Best to consult your surgeon to review his protocol specific for the structural work performed. Noses subjected to nasal osteotomies, cartilage grafts, or inferioir turbinate work are sensitive to displacement and bleeding when one blows their nose. Therefore, it is best to consult your treating surgeon on the specific limits permissible for you to perform. In my practice, I perform the first intranasal cleaning in my office at 7-10 days after surgery. At that first post-operative visit I instruct my patients how to perform daily home cleansing of the intranasal incisions with cotton tip applicators so as to not disrupt tissue healing. If much structural work has been performed, I ask patients to re-frame from manipulation and blowing of the nose for 4 weeks. Best of luck to you.
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