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A 35-year-old member asked:

i got dried blood in nostrils after rhinoplasty. is packing ok?

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Dr. Alan Durkin
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Normal. Packing can be removed at any time during a 7 day postoperative course. I normally remove mine on day 1 if it is a primary (first) rhinoplasty. If it is a revision, i remove it on day 3 after surgery.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
All ok: Clean the scabs with hydrogen peroxide on qtips and then apply antibiotic ointment. See you doctor as planned for follow up.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Clean gently: Dried blood in the nostrils following rhinoplasty is normal. It is best to gently clean the dried blood with a dilute peroxide solution (50-50) and a q-tip. You only need to clean the blood around the rim of the nostril and you don't need to disturb any packing. Apply antibiotic ointment to keep the nose moist and avoid further adherence of dried blood to the nostril.
Dr. Anil Shah
Dr. Anil Shah answered
Facial Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Normal: Dried blood is normal after rhinoplasty. Packing can be used in specific circumstances but is general out of favor for most rhinoplasty surgeons currently.

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