All About Nose Splints And Why You May Need Them

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  • Category: Nose Job

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All About Nose Splints And Why You May Need Them

  • Reading Time: 4 Min

  • Category: Rhinoplasty

  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

Rhinoplasty splints or nose splints are two silicone or aluminum devices placed either inside or outside the patient’s nose after a nose surgery. Their functionality is to help patient’s nose maintain its new shape. Regardless of being internal or external, applying nose splints is one of the important steps of post-operative cares which speeds up the recovery process.

rhinoplasty nose splints after a nose job

Nasal splints are integral part of a rhinoplasty!

What is the difference between internal and external nasal splint types?

There are two types of nose splints. Depending on the nasal surgery, internal or external splints are recommended by the doctor. An internal splint is placed into the nasal cavities. An external splint, which is more common, is attached to the nose by a tape.

Internal nose splints

Internal nose splints

external nasal splints

external nose splints

What surgeries need nose splints?

There are two main nasal surgeries that require nose splints, rhinoplasty and septoplasty. Rhinoplasty is a nasal surgery which is concerned with either beauty or functionality (or both) of a nose. For this type of surgery, both internal and external splints are applied. Septoplasty is the correction of the cartilage between two nasal cavities, named nasal septum. Internal splints are needed after septoplasty.

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Why are nose splints used?

After nose surgeries, the shape and size of septum, nose, or nostrils change. As they need a special time to maintain their new shape and size, nasal splints are used to protect nose’s new shape and immobilize bones. Although you should be fully aware of the fragility of your nose after the surgery, in case of an accident, splints would protect your nose from possible injuries. They would hold nose’s bones in place to prevent possible changes to the shape of the nose.

nasal splints

What are the benefits of nose splints?

  • They prevent the development of hematomas. Internal splints keep a distance between nose skin and its bones at the same time. This distance leaves no room for the pockets of blood, which are called hematomas.
  • They help you breathe better after the surgery by loosening the nasal cavities and opening the airway.
  • They control bleeding.
  • They minimize swelling.
  • They cause no pain.
  • They are temporary and removable.

When should I have my nose splints removed?

Depending on the surgery, internal and external splints’ duration varies. Normal duration for external splints is 2 weeks and you can have an internal nasal splint removal in 3 to 7 days.

How to take care of your nose splints

As using nasal splints is itself a step in rhinoplasty post-operative cares, there are no specific requirements for it. For having a better and easier experience and avoiding crustiness, it is better for you to utilize a saline nasal spray in the nostrils. Be gentle with your nose until it is the right time to visit your doctor and remove your nose splints.

nose splints

How to take care of your nose splints?

What are common side effects and risks of nose splints?

Nasal splints are not risky. There are a few complications as mentioned below:

  • Discomfort
  • They may become coated
  • They may become loose
  • Their removal may cause a strange feeling, but there would be no pain.

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Nose splints used in Iran

As cosmetic surgeries are popular and trending among Iranians, there are special professionals performing nose surgeries in this country. There are well-equipped clinics all around Iran in different cities, like Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, and Kish Island. As beauty is truly cherished in Iran, nose surgeries are performed with special cares and precision. Therefore, Iranian rhinoplasty surgeon use the best nose splint brands that are of the highest quality.

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Nastassia
Nastassia
November 20, 2020 2:48 pm

on tuesday, i had my nose surgery performed to reshape my nose. now it’s thursday and i already took my splint off. my skin is oily and the splint could be slid around easily, so i took it off. now i have a question. will my nose get hurt or damaged because of taking my splint off early?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Nastassia
November 21, 2020 3:07 pm

Dear Nastassia,
It surely wasn’t a good idea to remove the splint yourself without any consultation. It would have been better to contact your surgeon before taking it off. 
As you may know, the two most prominent functions of the splint are to help control swelling and to protect the bones from any blows or pressure after the surgery when they are stabilizing. 
Just the act of removing the splint, if done carelessly and at an early stage, could compromise the shape of the nose and may result in additional swelling or lengthen its resolution. 
If you are careful and follow post-op restrictions, it’s probably ok. However, we suggest you contact your surgeon and get a new splint.

Alina
Alina
January 21, 2021 3:00 pm

Hi i had a nose job 3 days ago and i am searching to know when i should take the splints off. can you please help me

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Alina
January 22, 2021 10:21 am

Hi dear Alina,
As mentioned in the text above, nasal splints’ duration varies depending on the surgery.
Splints are usually removed about two weeks after the surgery. However internal splints may be removed 3 to 5 days after surgery.

Alexandra S.
Alexandra S.
January 23, 2021 6:52 am

does it hurt to remove my nose splint after the surgery?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Alexandra S.
January 24, 2021 12:16 pm

Dear Alexandra,
Removing nasal splints usually doesn’t cause discomfort. Some patients may experience slight discomfort when removing splints due to stretched skin.
Of course, many patients get rid of this feeling after the splint is removed. The presence of splints may cause mild nasal congestion.
It is very helpful to use saline nasal spray immediately after your surgery to reduce scaling and irritation when the splints (nasal plaster) are removed.

Majida Muhammed
Majida Muhammed
January 24, 2021 10:08 am

Should i use an internal nose splint or an external one? and what is their difference exactly?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Majida Muhammed
January 24, 2021 4:10 pm

Dear Majida,
An internal splint is placed into the nasal cavities. They are commonly used after a septoplasty.
On the other hand, external splints, which are more common, are attached to the nose by a tape.
External splints are used to maintain the new shape of the nose when the nose is vulnerable and need more protection. This type of splint is more common than the internal type.

Evgenia
Evgenia
January 22, 2021 6:34 pm

i am going to do nose surgery next week. i found a good doctor near me and i am reading articles to be informed about rhinoplasty aftercare. this was a good article. i have a question now. what if the nose splint loosens? then what should i do?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Evgenia
January 23, 2021 7:41 pm

Dear Evgenia,
The nasal splints rarely loosen during the healing period. Anyway, if it happened to you or you notice any symptoms that concern you, contact your surgeon, please.
However, usually when these splints loosen, it is approximately the time as they should be removed.

Maria D.
Maria D.
January 24, 2021 1:46 am

thanks doctor for the article. what should i do before removing the splint from my nose after the surgery?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Maria D.
January 24, 2021 11:50 am

Dear Maria,
On the day set to remove the splint from your nose, you must take a shower a few hours before to soak and loosen the splint;
Please note that you should not touch the nose splint under any circumstances.
Just take a shower and wash your head and body as usual.
The purpose of bathing before removing the splint is for the surgeon to easily remove it from your nose without causing pain.

Rami
Rami
January 19, 2021 4:00 pm

I have just had a nose job two weeks ago. I took my nose splint off 2 days ago. The trace of the splint remained on the upper part of my nose, like the trace of glasses on the nose bridge.
what should i do now? will they disappear themselves?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Rami
January 20, 2021 4:24 pm

Dear Rami,
If this is due to the pressure of the splint, it is not a problem and it will be fixed soon.

Elvin Rashid
Elvin Rashid
January 22, 2021 4:11 pm

I have already got my nose job surgery done last Monday, and i took off my nose splint yesterday. i just wanted to know whether or not i can go to the pool without swimming and just walking there. is it ok to do so?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Elvin Rashid
January 23, 2021 4:21 pm

Dear Elvin,
There is no problem, you can walk in the water. But if you want to swim, it must be at lesat 1 month after the surgery. Note that you shouldn’t dive in the water, not less than 6 months after the operation.

Jasmin
Jasmin
April 3, 2021 4:55 am

I had Rhinoplasty. And when I went to my surgeon to remove the splint, one came out and he could not remove the other. He couldn’t see it so told me to come back so we don’t further traumatize the nose.

Then I asked him if I see it if I can remove it myself and how I can do that safely. And he told me that I could. But after cleaning up my nose and using a flashlight I didn’t find one.

Breathing on the left side is much better than on the right side. And cosmetically, my nose looks bulbous. And the rest right side is bigger than the left side. Will this be resolved with time? Or is my nose affected by the lack of splint? I’m very upset that they did not put a splint onnl the right side. I don’t understand how that could’ve happened…..

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Jasmin
April 5, 2021 7:02 pm

Hello. I recommend seeing an ENT surgeon to check out whether there is nasal splint in one side of your nose or not.
Your surgeon can remove it with special forceps and light. 
If you suspect that the nose splint may still be present on one side of your nose, a paranasal CT-SCAN may be needed.
In the case of unilateral swelling of your nose, my advice is to wait at least 1 year from the date of your surgery. Swelling (bilateral or unilateral) is very normal in the first months of the surgery and will resolve over time. 
The final result of your nose surgery can actually be seen about a year after the surgery.

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