After a rhinoplasty procedure is complete, it is not uncommon for patients to have difficulty breathing for the first few weeks following the surgery. Your nose has just been through a traumatic event, and it needs time to recover. Dr. Kevin Sadati reminds his Orange County patients that it could be anywhere from two to eight weeks before their breathing returns to normal again. As one of the top rhinoplasty physicians in Newport Beach, Dr. Sadati uses expert surgical skill and precision to ensure that his patients feel comfortable once again as quickly as possible.
Factors that Contribute to Compromised Breathing After a Rhinoplasty
Nasal stents — Nasal stents are a major contributing factor to the compromised breathing that most patients experience after the operation is complete. These stents are placed in the nose in order to retain the new shape of the nose, and also help provide support. Most stents are removed within two weeks of having the surgery, but while they are in place the average patient will experience difficulty breathing normally. Other side effects of the stents include headaches and nasal congestion.
Swelling — Some patients find that after the stents are removed, it can be more difficult to breathe almost immediately. Removing the stents can cause some patients to experience swelling, which can provide a short setback in terms of breathing abilities. This should not last very long as the swelling should subside quickly after the stents are removed. The relapse can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days as the nose adjusts to its new shape without the support of the stents.
Dried blood, phlegm and mucus — As most patients experience compromised breathing after the surgery, it is not uncommon for the nasal passageways to get dry. This means that blood, phlegm and mucus will dry up in the nasal channels as well, which can further aggravate the healing process. In particular, this condition causes swelling to increase inside the nose which can make it even more difficult for the patient to breathe. While this might be uncomfortable, it is important that the patient uses a saline spray to, gently, clean the inside of the nose rather than attempting to pick their nose.
Most patients will find that by getting the rest that they need and by taking good care of their nose, they will feel back to normal within a few weeks. Patients should be vigilant about cleaning their nose with a saline spray. Running a humidifier can also help prevent the nose from becoming too dry, which can aggravate the healing nose and cause it to continue to swell. Regular breathing methods will return eventually, with each patient having different individual factors that impact the ultimate timeframe. Dr. Sadati asks that all patients return for a post-operative appointment so that he can address any concerns that have arisen since the surgery, and evaluate the recovery of the nose. For more information on the rhinoplasty procedure and to find out if you are a good candidate, schedule a free cosmetic consultation today.