Why Should You Avoid Blowing Your Nose After Rhinoplasty?

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For your best rhinoplasty result, there may be nothing more important than choosing a qualified, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with specialized expertise in aesthetic surgery of the nose.  However, proper aftercare is also an essential component of a successful procedure. Award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson and the exceptional team at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic understand the complex and delicate nature of nasal surgery and are proud to offer the most advanced rhinoplasty techniques available to help patients improve both the form and function of their noses. Learn more about San Diego rhinoplasty here, including what to expect during recovery, important postsurgical guidelines, and why you should wait to blow your nose. 

 What is rhinoplasty? 

Rhinoplasty is a beneficial nasal surgery that improves cosmetic features, proportional relationships, and/or function of a person’s nose. Several different types of rhinoplasty are possible, each with its own set of characteristics and applications. Common rhinoplasty techniques include: 


  • Cosmetic rhinoplasty 
  • Functional rhinoplasty 
  • Ethnic rhinoplasty 
  • Septoplasty 
  • Revision rhinoplasty  


During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty in San Diego, CA, Dr. Laverson will carefully evaluate your nasal structures, discuss your situation and needs, learn about your priorities and what you want.  Then, alternatives are presented to you and a treatment plan recommended that is most appropriate for you. 


What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?  

Because the results of rhinoplasty are lifelong, achieving the result you want offers tremendous value over the years.  The list of potential rhinoplasty benefits includes:


  • Improve nose shape 
  • Improve size of nose 
  • Better facial proportions 
  • Fix crooked nose 
  • More feminine nose 
  • Thinner nose 
  • Smaller nostrils 
  • Improve obstructed breathing 
  • Correct deviated septum 
  • Address snoring/sleep apnea 
  • Boost self-confidence 


What to expect during rhinoplasty recovery 

The details and length of rhinoplasty recovery may vary from person to person depending on the nature and extent of their nose surgery. Generally speaking, most patients take about 1 – 2 weeks off of work to recover from rhinoplasty. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort should be expected during this time, but these symptoms can be relieved with medications and other recommendations given by Dr. Laverson. Important postsurgical guidelines for rhinoplasty recovery may include: 


  • Get plenty of rest 
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated 
  • Avoid direct pressure to the nose 
  • Avoid physical activity, exercise, lifting, and straining 
  • Do not wear glasses or sunglasses 
  • Avoid pulling shirts and other clothing over your nose 
  • Do not smoke 
  • Take medications as prescribed/directed 
  • Attend all follow-up appointments 


Is it safe to play sports and surf after rhinoplasty?  

Rhinoplasty is an operation that re-arranges nasal bone and cartilage to achieve the desired aesthetic result, then repairs these parts in their new position very carefully.  The parts may be held together by sutures, by the overlying splint, by their skin attachment, or simply by pressure from adjacent structures.  If undisturbed during healing, there's a good chance you'll have your intended result.  Impact upon the nose during healing from a powerful wave, a surfboard flipping over, an elbow during basketball, or any other unintended trauma to the nose during this delicate interval may move parts of the nose, tear sutures, or otherwise change the nose and your result.  Generally, resting for one to two weeks after rhinoplasty is advised.  Then, resume solo exercise gently as tolerated.  Competitive sports, team sports, and impact sports should be delayed until you can press on all areas of the nose without discomfort.


When can I blow my nose after rhinoplasty? 

Dr. Laverson engineers durable rhinoplasty results, but still advises that you refrain from blowing your nose and sneezing for at least 3-4 weeks after your procedure. In addition to pain, blowing your nose may cause bleeding and/or displace carefully arranged parts of the nose and disrupt your intended result.  Blowing your nose is generally not a strong desire after rhinoplasty because the nasal airway is narrow or completely blocked, and nasal discomfort will prevent you from considering "blowing" your nose.   If you feel the need to "open" the nose, try saline irrigation or decongestants prescribed by Dr. Laverson.


What happens if you sneeze after rhinoplasty?  

Sneezing can also put immense pressure on the nose, so thankfully, you'll not likely have the impulse to sneeze until many weeks after rhinoplasty.  Congestion of the nose and surgical alteration of nasal membranes and airflow through the nose prevents stimulation by allergens.  If unavoidable, try sneezing with mouth partially open to reduce pressure inside the nose. 


Make sure you know what to expect during recovery and how to avoid complications after rhinoplasty in San Diego, CA 

When performed by an expert plastic surgeon, the results of rhinoplasty – both cosmetic and functional – can be quite gratifying. However, patients are advised to participate in rhinoplasty aftercare to promote a comfortable recovery and to avoid complications. To learn more about rhinoplasty in San Diego, CA, call the rhinoplasty experts at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to schedule your private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson today! 

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