How To Clean Your Nose After Rhinoplasty
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and are considering rhinoplasty you certainly aren’t alone. As one of the most difficult features of our appearance to hide, our noses are often cited as one of the things we most wish we could change about the way that we look.
Whether your nose is too big, too small, hooked, broken or otherwise unattractive, rhinoplasty surgery can transform its appearance and help you feel confident and attractive.
However, the first few days after rhinoplasty can be incredibly frustrating. Your nose may feel blocked, runny or just uncomfortable and you could have a persistent ‘about-to-sneeze’ feeling. Sometimes clumps of dried blood build up, making you feel like you have a foreign object or incredibly irritating booger trapped up there! More than anything you will want to clean your nose, but unfortunately grabbing a tissue and giving it a good blow simply isn’t an option.
So, how do you clean your nose after a rhinoplasty procedure?
Firstly, it is essential that you do not try and pick or pull out any blood clots that have formed inside your nose. These are doing the important job of preventing further post-operative bleeding and dislodging them could cause the blood to flow once more. Leave them well alone for at least three or four days after your surgery.
One of the easiest ways to clean around the nostrils and just inside the nose is to use Q-tips that have been dipped in hydrogen peroxide. Gently rotate them around the inside of the nostrils, being careful not to dislodge any scabs until at least three days after your rhinoplasty. If you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide, you could consider making your own saline solution. This is very easy, you just need a cup of boiled water, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix well and then use.
Consider nasal douching
It may not sound overly pleasant, but nasal douching is an extremely effective and less invasive way of cleaning your nose out after a rhinoplasty surgery. This can be done using a syringe or squeezy bottle to force a jet of water up inside your nostrils that is strong enough to clean it of mucus and irritants. You can use plain water or a saline solution. If it runs down into the back of your throat it won’t taste very nice, so we recommend you spit it out into the sink straight away.
Petroleum jelly will help with healing
Although it won’t make your nose any cleaner, you may find that it feels very dry afterwards. However, applying a little petroleum jelly will make the skin more comfortable and help with healing process.
When can you blow your nose after rhinoplasty?
By far one of the most common questions we get asked about the healing process is exactly when you will be able to begin to blow your nose again after your surgery. The exact answer really depends on your individual circumstances and both the type of rhinoplasty you have and how well your body heals after the procedure. You may be able to blow your nose as shortly as two weeks after the surgery, or you may need to wait up to 12 weeks. You should always wait for our surgeon to give you approval before you attempt to blow your nose.
If you would like further information about rhinoplasty surgery, including details about how to care for your new nose after your procedure, our knowledgeable and experienced staff would be happy to assist. Please drop into our offices, contact or email us with your questions and concerns.