Playing a Musical Instrument After Rhinoplasty?

I am roughly 17 weeks post rhinoplasty and am worried about changing the shape of my nose through facial movements. I play the clarinet and this involved a certain mouth movement that makes the tip of the nose point downwards when playing. I am worried that over time this will have an impact on my result, that at the moment I am very happy with.

Doctor Answers 5

Palying Musical Instrument After Rhinoplasty

Dear Fleur,


Thank you for your inquiry.

At more than 4 months post-op you should have already achieved a safe level of recovery/healing that should enable you to play your clarinet.

That said, you should not push yourself to the limits and overworking your facial muscles as you may feel a certain discomfort hence worrying about impacting your results negatively.

At this point down your recovery line, you should mainly focus on preventing any possible trauma to happen to your nose but your hobby/profession playing the clarinet should be safe.

I hope this helps.

Best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Musical Instruments and Rhinoplasty

At this time period after a rhinoplasty, no oral function such as playing any musical instrument will change your surgically altered nose.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Post rhinoplasty activity

After you have a rhinoplasty - really any surgery, everything is healed (meaning as strong as its going to me).  That means tha at 17 weeks you should be fine to do anything - definitely a clarinet.

Bivik Shah, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 26 reviews


Better get back to practicing your clarinet because you do not want to lose your talent!  You should be fine.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Playing a musical instrument post rhinoplasty

Playing the clarinet post Rhinoplasty will not have an impact on your surgical result overtime. I would see your surgeon and bring the clarinet with you and show him what you are concerned about. I am sure that he/she will put your mind at ease and will be able to tell you when to return to this activity.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 210 reviews

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