Septorhinoplasty Performed 5 Days Ago, Sneezed Today Should I Be Worried?

I underwent septoplastly and rhinoplasty 5 days ago. I've been trying not to sneeze but accidently let one slip out today..there was drainage afterwards but no bleeding. Should I be worried that I caused trauma to my nose?

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Sneezing after rhinoplasty

Hi Jenna,

More than likely no damage was done. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, I would recommend taking an antihistamine to minimize future 'blow-outs'. Also, remember to open your mouth when you feel one coming so the pressure is not so great. Best wishes, Dr. H

Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Uaually a sneeze will not distor a new rhinoplasty. I tell my patients to sneeze with their mouth wide open to take the pressure off

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sneeze after rhinoplasty

Sometime these things just happen and don't often cause problems other than occasional bleeding. The key is to try to sneeze out through your mouth.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Sneezing after rhinoplasty

Dear Jenna

  • The occasional sneeze after a rhinoplasty  will not be a problem
  •  you may get a headache and some drainage.  
  • you can try to open your mouth when coughing and sneezing to limit the pressure you send up your nose.

I hope your healing period is going well otherwise.

Best Wishes, Dr. T

Travis T. Tollefson, MD, MPH
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Septorhinoplasty Performed 5 Days Ago, Sneezed Today Should I Be Worried?

Not sure but you should call and ask your Rhinoplasty surgeon for specific post Rhinoplasty instructions and advice.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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