In order to safeguard the stability of my nose, a permanent suture and two tiny metal plates were used to hold my nasal septum in place. This procedure took place during my fourth and latest rhinoplasty which is now 5 years ago, after which I have had recurring nasal swelling problems. I asked my question as a way for me to find out if I can eliminate "the permanent suture + metal plates" from the list of "suspects" behind my nasal dilemma. Thanks ever so much for your informed help!!