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Nasal Care after Rhinoplasty Surgery or Septoplasty

The nose and septum are understandably sensitive after rhinoplasty surgery. Variable nasal swelling typically occurs both on the outside and inside of the nose, with cosmetic nasal surgery or septoplasty for deviated nasal septum. To help with healing in the recovery period, a post-operative care regimen of nasal cleaning is critical. Nasal care helps keep the nose clean, moist, and reduces rhinoplasty swelling. One is unlikely to disrupt the rhinoplasty surgeon’s delicate work on the nose with the cleaning; however, rhinoplasty patients must be gentle!

Maryland rhinoplasty surgeons typically ask their patients to start rinsing the nose with regular saline irrigation, sprays, or neti pot. Nasal salt water rinses should be several times daily, in both nostrils. These saline rinses may be purchased over-the-counter or made at home. (mix 1 liter Distilled water, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda). After the salt water rinse, then place muporicin ointment via a cotton-tip applicator (or your clean finger) in your nose three times a day. Perform the rinse and ointment 2-3 times daily, or whenever you feel dry in the nasal passages. Washington allergy patients also benefit from a regular neti pot or saline nasal wash.

Read Dr. Chaboki’s care instructions following rhinoplasty for his northern Virginia and Maryland patients for further information. Always follow the specific advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon or rhinoplasty specialist.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.