How to clean your nose after rhinoplasty?

  • Reading Time: 5 Min

  • Category: Nose Job

  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

How to clean your nose after rhinoplasty?

  • Reading Time: 5 Min

  • Category: Rhinoplasty

  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

A lot of patients undergo rhinoplasty surgery every year. Some of them have the surgery to improve their breathing, others do it to improve their looks, and others have the surgery for both aesthetic and medical benefits.

Right after rhinoplasty surgery, the patient will have a swollen face and a very sensitive nose. Due to these conditions, cleaning the nose is one of the biggest concerns among those who have a rhinoplasty. In this article, we will tell you how to clean your nose after rhinoplasty and give you some tips about cleaning the nose after rhinoplasty without damaging your nose or ruining the nose job results.

a woman cleaning her nose after her nose job surgery

Cleaning the nose is one of the biggest concerns among those who have a rhinoplasty.

General Facts:

  • Keeping your nose clean after rhinoplasty can improve your healing process.
  • You should be very gentle when washing your nose and avoid applying pressure on the nose.
  • Blowing your nose and putting your finger in it to clean it after rhinoplasty can be harmful and cause damage to your nose.
  • Using saline rinse can help you remove any blockage from your nose and help you breathe better.
a man cleaning his nose after rhinoplasty with saline rinse

Keeping your nose clean after rhinoplasty can improve your healing process.

Can you clean your nose after rhinoplasty?

“How am I going to be cleaning my nose after rhinoplasty? And can I wash my nose after rhinoplasty?”
You probably have asked these questions to yourself if you are planning to have a nose job.

You should know that you could clean your nose after rhinoplasty. Doctors will encourage you to do so to help your nose heal properly. You just need to make sure that you clean your nose gently to avoid causing any damage.

When to start cleaning nose after rhinoplasty?

During the first few days after rhinoplasty, you are likely to have a tampon packing inside your nose and a splint or cast outside it. Therefore, you cannot clean it neither from the inside nor from the outside. However, you will remove both of them within a week after the surgery, and then you can start cleaning your nose by this time.

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How to clean nose post rhinoplasty?

The most important thing you should pay attention to when you clean your nose after rhinoplasty is keeping your splint dry. Keeping your nose dry can help you improve the healing process.

Cleaning inside my nose after rhinoplasty

There are several ways to clean the inside of your nose after rhinoplasty. Some of the best ways are discussed hereafter:

1. Q-tip and hydrogen peroxide:

This method should be used only after removing the packing from your nose. This cleaning method must be done as follows:

  • Put some hydrogen peroxide on a clean cotton swab
  • Use this cotton swab to moist the Q-tip
  • Gently insert the Q-tip in your nostril to remove the dry blood
a woman who is cleaning her nose after rhinoplasty with hydrogen peroxide by using a clean cotton swab
a woman who is cleaning her nose after rhinoplasty with hydrogen peroxide by using a clean cotton swab

Hydrogen peroxide is commonly sold in pharmacies at concentrations of about 3%. However, a lot of doctors recommend that you dilute it by half with clean water. Hydrogen peroxide is usually sold under several names like:

  • Dihydrogen dioxide
  • Hydrogen dioxide
  • Hydrogen oxide
  • Oxydol
  • Peroxide

2. Saline rinse:

You may use saline rinse after one week of the surgery. Many doctors will recommend using a saline rinse to keep the nose clean. You should use a clean bulb to clean your nose. When you use the bulb, you will be sending a low-pressure stream of water into the nose.

The saline rinse imitates the salinity of the nose so it can keep the inside of your nose clean. This is important as it can help remove the blockage from the nose without harming the nose by blowing and putting your fingers or any other objects inside.

Although saline rinse can be bought from the pharmacy, you can make it in your home. You only need to boil half of a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and let it cool.

a woman cleaning her nose after rhinoplasty with Saline rinse

The saline rinse imitates the salinity of the nose so it can keep the inside of your nose clean.

Cleaning outside of the nose after rhinoplasty

Cleaning the inside of your nose should not be all that concerns you. Cleaning nose skin after rhinoplasty is also very important but it should be done without causing any damage to the sensitive nose.

Cleaning with moist towel:

You may notice that some mucus will harden around your nose. To clean it you can use a moist napkin to pat the area gently. Using a moist napkin and warm water can help softening the crust and decrease the swell.

Washing my nose after rhinoplasty

After removing the splint and the sutures (or most of the sutures), it would be OK to wash your nose after rhinoplasty. Just make sure you wash your nose gently and try not to apply a lot of pressure on your nose.

Within a month or 6 weeks, the swelling will be almost gone and you will be able to start washing your nose as usual.

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The Bottom line

Having a sensitive nose after rhinoplasty does not mean that you should forget about nasal hygiene. You just need to be gentler while cleaning your nose to improve your healing. If you still have any concerns or questions about your nose job or about cleaning the nose after rhinoplasty, you can contact AriaMedTour. Our specialist are just waiting to answer your questions.

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