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Will I be Able to Breathe Through my Nose After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

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Rhinoplasty surgery is a common procedure that improves the airways of the nose, so patients breathe a little easier. However, it does take time for the tissue to fully heal. During an assessment in Scottsdale, AZ, board-certified plastic surgeons can provide information and guidelines about rhinoplasty recovery.

Rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure, but the professionals at Forma Plastic Surgery are here to ensure your success. Learn more about your nasal surgery options during a consultation.

How does rhinoplasty improve breathing?

Some people have trouble breathing due to their nose shape or structure. A previous trauma can also cause problems while breathing through the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is designed to open or improve the nasal passages so you can breathe easier.

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure and requires the use of general anesthesia. Forma Plastic Surgery may remove excess bone, cartilage, and tissue or add new structures to produce results. Once the framework has been altered, our team may provide stitches on the inside of the nose or along the external crease.

Why can't I breathe better right after nasal surgery?

Forma Plastic Surgery has performed countless successful rhinoplasty procedures in Scottsdale. However, results may not be noticeable right away. It usually takes 2 – 4 weeks for the tissues to heal from rhinoplasty surgery. The nose is usually swollen and bruised during this time, which is what contributes to impaired breathing through the nose. Patients will receive a set of rhinoplasty recovery guidelines to speed up healing and make sure the nose heals properly.

How can I ensure better breathing during rhinoplasty recovery?

Patients should expect their noses to be swollen and tender after nasal surgery. Of course, there are many ways to reduce discomfort and improve nasal function. Forma Plastic Surgery recommends the following:

  • Take all medications as prescribed by your plastic surgeon. These help with the healing process.

  • Rinse your nose with a saline solution to keep the nasal passages free from bacteria and debris.

  • Avoid engaging in strenuous activities until you have been cleared by our team. Some exercises, like running and jogging, can cause excess swelling and bleeding.

  • Do not pick at the nose or inside the nostril area with your fingers. Picking could tear the healing tissue and prevent proper healing.

  • Apply cold compresses around the nose several times per day to minimize discomfort.

  • Sleep with your head in an elevated position to reduce swelling and inflammation.

What other results can I expect from rhinoplasty?

While our primary goal is to improve the function of the nose, our surgeons at Forma Plastic Surgery can also enhance your natural nose shape and appearance. So, if you have a wide nose or bulbous nasal tip, we can provide the best possible results for your specific situation. Allow us to design a personalized rhinoplasty procedure that provides the results you desire.

Breathe better after rhinoplasty surgery

Breathing through the nose is not always easy, but the board-certified plastic surgeons at Forma Plastic Surgery are here to help. Contact a trained member of our team in Scottsdale, AZ to learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and how we can produce safe and successful results. We are proud to provide the best possible care and individualized treatment plans for patients.

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