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Breathing after rhinoplasty

Your dreams of having a plastic surgery nose makeover come true, but do you have trouble breathing along with it? Let’s get to the bottom of this question.

Why Can’t You Breathe After a Nose Job?

There are several reasons why you can’t breathe from one nostril after rhinoplasty or a whole nose.


Patients panic when they cannot breathe through their nose immediately after surgery. It is essential to understand that this is an entirely normal phenomenon that can accompany you for two weeks after surgery.

If you have severe breathing problems after rhinoplasty (even at the end of the recovery period), you should see Dr. Kadir for further consultation.

Postoperative Deviations of the Nasal Septum

Often a deviated septum is the reason for revision rhinoplasty. Changes in the external structure of the nose can affect the internal anatomy.

The new nasal pyramid is formed about a year after surgery. During this time, mouth breathing after rhinoplasty can arise for various reasons (non-compliance with rehabilitation rules by the patient, pressure from glasses, and even a slight bump).

Changes in the Nasal Mucosa

One common complication after rhinoplasty is mucosal adhesions. If the swelling of the septum and the lower turbinate after surgery is not promptly resolved and the patient or doctor does not pay attention to it, there is a high risk of adhesions.

The use of vasoconstrictor drops may also be the cause of the difficulty breathing after rhinoplasty. As a result, the nasal lumen decreases, and breathing becomes permanently obstructed. The problem can be prevented by following all the rehabilitation rules and regular hygienic nasal cleansing. If the adhesion has already formed, a corrective or repeated surgery must be performed to correct the situation and return normal breathing to the patient.

So When the Patient Can Eliminate Rhinoplasty Breathing Issues?

Patients also wonder, “when will I be able to breathe after rhinoplasty,” and this is an answer. Nasal breathing in the first week after rhinoplasty can be difficult, although this does not mean complete obstruction, as in the old days when bandages were used in the nostrils.

Breathing is partially impaired due to natural causes:


  • External and internal edema (the most severe is external, which goes away after 7-10 days by 50-60%)
  • Drying up of blood and blood vessels in the nasal cavity
  • Dryness of the mucous membrane inside the nostrils as a reaction to trauma


In addition to bandages, the practice previously used traditional nose cast that disfigured the face and firmly squeezed the nose, preventing full nasal breathing. Currently, thin and flexible thermoplastic nasal plaster is used instead, and soft silicone splints with holes for air circulation are used for nasal passages. So you don’t have to be afraid that you can’t breathe after rhinoplasty.

Holes inside the silicone splints allow partial patient breathing and natural cleansing. Silicone splint removal is usually 2-3 days after surgery. So you will not have a problem such as a mouth breathing after rhinoplasty.

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