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What is the Proper Way to Clean the Nose After Rhinoplasty?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


There’s no doubt that rhinoplasty surgery can create absolutely stunning – and even life-changing – results, but it is critical that patients closely follow their recovery instructions in order to ensure the best possible outcome and to prevent complications. One of the most common questions that patients have about rhinoplasty recovery is how they can safely keep the nose clean and clear. At VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, nationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is highly experienced in a comprehensive range of advanced rhinoplasty techniques and has a deep understanding of the complex and delicate nature of the rhinoplasty healing process. Use the helpful information from Dr. Khorsandi below to better understand what to do and what not to do – including how to properly and safely clean the nose – following your upcoming rhinoplasty.

How is a rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty is far from a one-size-fits-all procedure. Because each person’s anatomy, concerns, and goals are unique, Dr. Khorsandi customizes the techniques and approach used in every rhinoplasty case to match the patient’s individual needs. Some of the most commonly performed types of nose surgeries include:

In some cases, nose surgery is performed as an open procedure, while other times, a closed approach can be used. In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made at the base of the nose, allowing Dr. Khorsandi the greatest level of visibility. During a closed rhinoplasty, all of the incisions and sutures are contained within the nose, though equally stunning results can still be achieved. During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, Dr. Khorsandi will thoroughly assess your nasal anatomy, discuss your concerns and goals, and recommend the most appropriate type of rhinoplasty and the correct approach for you.

What to expect after rhinoplasty surgery

During your rhinoplasty recovery, some level of bruising, swelling, and tenderness is normal. In most cases, patients will have a silicone splint inside of the nose to support the healing tissues and structures, and non-absorbable sutures will be located at the base of the nose. After about one week, the sutures and splint will be removed, though it is important that patients continue to follow their recovery instructions, which may include:

  • Sleep with the head elevated
  • Do not wear glasses
  • Do not bend over/invert your head
  • Do not touch your nose
  • Do not blow your nose
  • Do not engage in strenuous physical activity/exercise

On average, patients can expect to return to work after about one week, with exercise and other physical activities remaining off-limits for up to 6 – 8 weeks. The majority of rhinoplasty swelling should have resolved around this time, though residual swelling can conceal the patient’s final outcome for up to six months or longer.

How can I keep my nose clean after rhinoplasty?

Because patients should not touch or blow their noses after rhinoplasty surgery, many people ask how they can properly keep their noses clean. Additionally, patients often feel congested and/or have drainage after nose surgery, making them even more anxious to clear out the nose. To avoid undue pressure on your nose – which can damage the healing tissues, delay the recovery process, and compromise your final results – cleaning the nose should be performed gently using a saline rinse. If necessary, a cotton swab with saline solution can be gently used inside the nose to clean out debris or drainage, but be sure to discuss any cleaning techniques with Dr. Khorsandi first.

While it may seem uncomfortable or inconvenient at first, appropriate rhinoplasty aftercare routines are essential for achieving the beautiful, long-lasting results you desire.

Enhance your natural beauty with rhinoplasty surgery in Las Vegas, NV

If you look in the mirror and feel like your nose simply doesn’t “fit” with the rest of your face, we can help. To learn more about the natural-looking, lifelong enhancements that can be made with rhinoplasty surgery, call VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your private consultation with award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.