When Will I Be Able to Breathe a Sufficient Amount Through my Nose After Septorhinoplasty?

I just had septorhinoplasty on Monday (today is Friday). I had dorsal hump reduction and my tip de-projected. On Weds. I began experiencing small, temporary time frames where some air would flow through one of my nostrils. When do you think I would see sufficient clearing of my airways to be able to breathe with my mouth closed (and possibly taste my food)? My facial swelling and bruising peaked yesterday, as I am looking better today. I have been keeping my Na intake to <1000mg/day, thus far.

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Breathing After Rhinoplasty/Septoplasty

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In general, if one has had a pure cosmetic rhinoplasty then one can continue to breathe normally post-operatively. If one has had septal reconstruction then breathing regularly will resume after you’ve taken the splint out after 7-10 days. You may have some swelling for 4-6 weeks after.

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