Rhinoplasty Cast/Splint Removal on Day 10 - Good or Bad Idea?

Currently day 5 post op of closed rhinoplasty. I was supposed to be going Wednesday morning to have the cast/splint removed (day 7) but my husband cannot make it during the day (nobody else knows of my surgery) and the surgeon isnt available in the evening. Are there any disadvantage/advantages to delaying the removal till Saturday (day 10)?

Doctor Answers 14

How Long Should Nasal Splints be Left on the Nose?

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Removing the splint for an extra 2-3 days should not affect your result.

However, if you have packing inside your nostrils, you should have enough antibiotics to cover the extra days, as the packing will increase your risk of toxic shock syndrome.

Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty Cast Removal

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Hi Butterflyinthesandpit,

Plastic surgeons typically remove the nasal cast or splint after approximately 7 days from rhinoplasty surgery. Waiting a couple more days before removal should not affect your rhinoplasty results. Speak with your cosmetic surgeon. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki


Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

Rhinoplasty Cast Removal

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There should be no problem with leaving the cast on a couple days longer.  If your surgeon feels it is OK, then go with it!

James Bartels, MD
Manchester Facial Plastic Surgeon

Best Time to Remove Nasal Splint After Rhinoplasty

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Hi Butterfly,

There is no need to keep your nasal splint on beyond 5 days.  Other than skin irritation, leaving it on for 10 days is like chicken soup, "it won't hurt".  If you would like your splint off, a nice long shower after 5-7 days should loosen it enough that it almost falls off.  Speak with your surgeon, good thing that he isn't going away for 3 months.  Hope that you love your new nose.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Nasal splint off at 10 days is just fine!

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I actually prefer to wait for 10 days (as long as there are no sutures to remove), since there has been additional time for durable healing to occur, and less potential for inadvertent damage to the just-barely adherent tissues. For years I removed my nasal splints at 6 or 7 days, and may have in several cases actually caused some minor bleeding under the healing skin that turned into scar tissue. This scar tissue may have caused some visible irregularity or distortion and less ideal results than might have been otherwise possible, if I or my patient been a little less anxious to see the results!.  If the subcutaneous scar tissue had not been caused by the minor trauma to the skin as the splint was removed, steroid injection might not have been necessary, or an overall better result may have been possible. I have had two cases where the patient removed her own splint prematurely and damaged the result severely enough to require re-operation!

If you have sutures or nasal packs to remove, this should be done when your surgeon tells you. If your skin is prone to acne outbreaks, you could have several pimples under the splint with an extra day or so, but these usually resolve with normal skin care after the splint is off. Best wishes for a good result!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 263 reviews

10 Days Is Not Too Long To Leave A Rhinoplasty Dressing On

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The purpose of tapes and splint after a rhinoplasty is to largely control the swelling of tissues. Whether it is removed at 7 or 10 days does not make any difference in the final outcome. One could argue that a few days longer may be even slightly beneficial. Usually most patient's nasal dressings are starting to get loose after one week and some have trouble staying on that long. This is particularly evident in thicker more oily skin.

Rhinoplasty splint removal and potential skin irritation

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Dear butterflyinthesandpit

  • I agree that the rhinoplasty splint itself can remain for 10 days if that is necessary, but I prefer to clean the nose and check the incisions after a week of healing.
  • You may consider asking a close friend to take you or drive yourself on day seven though.
  • On a rare occasion, the adhesive on the tape will occlude your pores and a temporary rash is possible.
    • Having one other person for support during your recovery is never a bad thing.  
      • Family or friend.

Best Wishes

Travis T. Tollefson, MD, MPH
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty Cast/Splint Removal on Day 10 - Good or Bad Idea?

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Splint removal after rhinoplasty varies from surgeon to another with the majority of noses splinted for one week.

Extra few days won't change the outcome..

Erel Laufer, MD
Dunedin Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Remving nasal splint at 10 days

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There is absolutely no problem in removing your nasal splint after 10 days. Yes, most remove it within about a week but a few days more should not be a problem.

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

Rhinoplasty healing

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Dear Butterflyinthesandpit,

There should be no problem waiting until the tenth day after surgery.  If it was a problem, I am sure your surgeon would have been more insistent, and it will be fine.  The cast helps keep things (bones, cartilage) in place as you heal.  It also helps keep the swelling down as well.


Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

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