8 months after rhinoplasty I can't breathe out of one nostril. (Photos)

8 months ago I had my second open rhinoplasty. After my first rhinoplasty I could breathe perfectly out of both nostrils, which was expected for me since I never had a deviated septum. I went ahead with the second rhinoplasty (to fix my bulbous tip) but it wasn't until about a month ago did my right nostril begin to feel "clogged." It's only in the morning, and early afternoon that my nostril feels clogged. I don't know what is going on. Opinions are appreciated.

Doctor Answers 2

Breathing issues after 2 rhinoplasties

Thank you for your questions.  If you were breathing well for the first 6-8 months, and then you began to have intermittent breathing problems, you may have an inhalational allergy or the beginning of nasal obstruction from the surgery.  Generally, mechanical problems don't come and go, but persist day and night.  Consider taking an antihistamine such as zyrtec before bedtime for a week and see if this makes a difference.  If not, visit your surgeon and have him look at your nose for the signs of a nasal collapse. 

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Breathing Problems 8 Months Following a Revision Rhinoplasty Should Be Looked At

While there is still some residual swelling likely present 8 months following a revision rhinoplasty, it shouldn't be enough swelling to cause nasal obstruction.  Often, some of the techniques we use to define and refine a bulbous tip can actually narrow the nasal airway.  It likely has nothing to do with your septum. The only way to tell what is going on his with a careful examination.  Make an appointment to see your surgeon and he or she should be able to advise you correctly.  Good luck.

Michael R. Menachof, MD
Greenwood Village Facial Plastic Surgeon
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