Is It OK to Scrunch Up the Nose?

Hello, I'm 3 weeks post-op. I was startled today and I scrunched up my nose as a facial reaction. I was wondering if it could hamper the results in any way. Thank you.

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Scrunching the nose at three weeks post rhinoplasty

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Actually scrunching your nose at three weeks after rhinoplasty may be a bit difficult because of the swelling. It should not cause a problem and it will get easier with time.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Better call your surgeon first, but the facial scrunch three weeks after a rhinoplasty is probably going to be alright.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post Rhinoplasty Three weeks

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Dear Skylar, 


Scrunching the nose at three weeks post surgery will not have any long term effect that  will hamper your overall result. Follow your surgeons instructions and make sure to see your surgeon with any questions or concerns regarding your procedure. Best regards! Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scrunching Up The Nose At 3 Weeks After Rhinoplasty

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Scrunching up your nose as a facial expression when you were startled should not affect the results of your rhinoplasty at 3 weeks post-op.

I recommend that you do not put yourself in situation where possible nasal trauma could occur accidentally as you will be jeopardizing your "investment".

Meanwhile, it is for your best interest to keep on your surgeon's instructions to help yourself with a good recovery.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your inquiry.

The best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Not a good idea - be careful for 4 weeks after surgery

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Scrunching up your nose should not jeopardize your final results. Please follow up with your surgeon if you are overly concern that you did some harm to your nose.  It is always a good idea to examine the patient; otherwise you will keep on worrying. In the future try to avoid any type of the situations that would put you at risk of doing possible damage.


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