4 Weeks After Rhinoplasty Can You Damage Anything if You Stick a Q Tip Farther Than You Should?

Today was cleaning my nostrils out with a q tip went farther than I wanted to to get a booger out and felt a crack. Assuming it was a crack but not sure only way I cld describe it. But wasn't bleeding or got no pain whatsoever. And the "crack" wasn't dramatic. Just paranoid and want everything to be perfect. Cld I have done something? Thanks

Doctor Answers 8

Q-Tip Insertion Deep Into The Nose After Rhinoplasty


Inserting a Q-tio into the nose deeper than recommended is not a good idea whatsoever as it increases the risks to damaging the soft and fragile nasal tissue at 4 weeks post-op.

Therefore, it is urged that patients stick their surgeons instructions when cleaning their noses.

As for now, I recommend that you consult with your surgeon to examine your nose in a out making sure that you did not cause any possible at this point; the absence of bleeding and pain does not guarantee the absence of a damage.

I hope this helps and please be cautious when cleaning your nose or doing any other activity that could be a potential cause of nasal trauma.

Thank you of your inquiry.

The best of wishes to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

Using Q-tips to clean the nose following rhinoplasty.

As part of my recommended postop routine, I recommend that patients use a Q-tip moistened with saline:hydrogen peroxide (1:1 ratio) to gently cleanse the incisions at the base of the nose.  The Q-tip should not be used at any time to clean deep in the nasal cavity as it may provoke bleeding.

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS, FRCSC.


Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Q -Tip in Nose 4 Weeks after Rhinoplasty

I would not stick a q-tip in my nose 4 weeks after rhinoplasty, especially "further than you should". I suggest you see your surgeon to eliminate your anxiety.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Qtip Trauma

Using a Q-Tip 4 weeks post surgery is generally okay, but as you learned caution should always be observed. The general rule is do not put anything in the nose after surgery unless directed by the surgeon or medical staff. An in person exam would be necessary to ensure that no damage was done. Contact your surgeon for him/her to take a look.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Cleaning nose

Using a q-tip to clean the nose at 4 weeks after surgery usually is OK. As for the crack you heard, I can not be sure without and exam. You should check in with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Qtip trauma after rhinoplasty

Well, you definitely run a chance of damaging something if you stick Q-tip further than you should. However, based on your description of the event, it seems that you just cracked a q-tip shaft and nothing else.  Be more careful in the future, and let your surgeon know if you develop any concerning symptoms over the next few days.

Alexander Ovchinsky, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Rhino's a Crackin'

Four weeks, Q-tip gone astray, no bleeding, no discharge, no pain: Well, it is best to inform your Cosmetic Surgeon of the circumstances and have her/him examine your nose.  Better safe than sorry.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

4 Weeks After Rhinoplasty Can You Damage Anything if You Stick a Q Tip Farther Than You Should?

 I ask my Rhinoplasty patients not to stick anything in their noses, no fingers, Q tips or the like for at least 6 months.  At 1 month post Rhinoplasty Q tips can open suture lines or cause significant bleeding inside the nose and as such, should be contraindicated, IMO.  As always however, you should follow the post Rhinoplasty instructions of your Rhinoplasty Surgeon since you are under his/her surgical care at this time. 

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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