9 Years Post Op Rhinoplasty. Will Picking or Popping Pimples/blackheads Damage Nose?

I had a revision 9 years ago with rib grafts. Over the years, I have of course done normal things with my nose such as blowing it, picking it to clean it out, and squeezing blackheads. I did not do this within the weeks or months after surgery (that I remember). Nearly ten years post op, am I going to harm the result?

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9 years post-op rhinoplasty. Will picking or popping pimples/blackheads damage nose?

After 9 years, squeezing blackheads should not cause an issue. However, I would recommend being gentle, as you do not want to irritate the nose. A board certified dermatologist should be able to provide you with advice. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

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9 Years Post Op Rhinoplasty. Will Picking or Popping Pimples/blackheads Damage Nose?

    After 9 years, it would be unusual to be able to cause damage to a rhinoplasty result from picking or popping.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Skin Care 9 Years after Rhinoplasty

Skin care will not impact the underlying structural changes achieved with your rhinoplasty surgery 9 years ago. However, chronic skin problems can changes the appearance of your nose. You should consult with your primary care physician or a dermatologist to eliminate the persistent pimples and skin eruptions.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Performing extractions years after rhinoplasty

You are in the clear when it comes to doing the things you describe and are not causing any damage to your nose.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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