Nose job Bandage
The last stage of the nose job is dressing and bandaging, which is usually done with a number of nasal tapes, tampons inside the nostrils, and splints on the nose. But one of the questions that are raised in the meantime is “how long tampons should stay in the nose” and other such questions.
In this article, we discuss the topics related to dressing and bandages of the nose.
How is the dressing after rhinoplasty?
One of the cares that has a great effect on the result of a nose job is the dressing after rhinoplasty, which if the method of dressing and care of the nose is not done properly, may disrupt the healing process of the nose after surgery.
Rhinoplasty – even if performed by the most experienced and skilled surgeon – can lead to some complications from surgery. The chance is about 5 to 10 percent, but if the dressing is not taken seriously after rhinoplasty, the chances of complications will increase dramatically.
What is a nasal dressing?
Nasal dressing is performed after rhinoplasty by placing a splint on the nose and sterile gauze under the nose. The sum of splint and sterile gauze is called nasal dressing.
The nasal splint should stay on the nose for a week, but you can change the sterile gauze under the nose yourself every six hours. Usually after surgery, you will have bloody nasal discharge from the nose for up to two days due to injuries, and in fact, sterile gauze under the nose is used to prevent this nasal discharge. The presence of bloody nasal discharge is normal for a few days after a nose job and you should not be concerned. Once the nasal discharge has stopped, you can no longer use sterile gauze under the nose.
The importance of rhinoplasty postoperative instructions
Although choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon is very effective on the result of the operation, but still patients are responsible for a significant part of the recovery process after surgery. Rhinoplasty post-operative instructions and bandage protection is as important as the pre-rhinoplasty preparation and what happens during the surgery.
Just like talking about the shape of the nose before the operation and presenting your expectations clearly to the surgeon which are so effective on the result of the rhinoplasty, the recommended instructions you do after the nose job will play a very important role in the final result.
What is a nasal tampon?
In the past, tampons were used to shape the middle septum of the nose and keep it straight, as well as to prevent bleeding after rhinoplasty.
Tampons were sanitary pads that were soaked in ointment and placed on either side of the middle septum in each of the nostrils. Tampons pressed against the middle septum of the nose, keeping the middle septum clean and free of bleeding.
The tampon existence was difficult for the patient to bear and it was also very painful and uncomfortable to remove it.
Fortunately, with the modern surgical techniques, we usually no longer need to use tampons today. In fact, the middle septum of the nose is flattened in such a way that it does not need a holder such as a tampon to hold it. Also, because the accuracy of suturing the mucous membranes of the middle septum of the nose has increased, the possibility of bleeding is greatly reduced.
How long do you have to keep bandage on after rhinoplasty?
The time for keeping the bandage on your nose depends on the complexity of your nose job. The more injuries you have, the longer it will take for you to recover. But in general, the dressing should usually stay on the nose for about a week.