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What is the experience of getting a rhinoplasty like. Is it suffocating and very uncomfortable?

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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not exactly

Most surgeons no longer pack the nose with yards of guaze or heavy splints following rhinoplasty.
If packing is used, it is usually light and is removed painlessly after one or two days. Not breathing through your nose is a bit uncomfortable, and generally feels similar to a bad cold. If needed, your doctor can prescribe medication to reduce anxiety. Pain is moderate and responds to medication.

In brief: Not exactly

Most surgeons no longer pack the nose with yards of guaze or heavy splints following rhinoplasty.
If packing is used, it is usually light and is removed painlessly after one or two days. Not breathing through your nose is a bit uncomfortable, and generally feels similar to a bad cold. If needed, your doctor can prescribe medication to reduce anxiety. Pain is moderate and responds to medication.
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Dr. Gregory Vipond
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not too painful

The recovery from rhinoplasty does depend a little on what is being done for your nose.
Occasionally packing may be placed in the nostrils to help with bleeding and that is removed one or two days after surgery. More often, a small internal "band-aid" is placed and is removed the next day. After that, you can return to breathing through your nose. There is discomfort but generally not much pain.

In brief: Not too painful

The recovery from rhinoplasty does depend a little on what is being done for your nose.
Occasionally packing may be placed in the nostrils to help with bleeding and that is removed one or two days after surgery. More often, a small internal "band-aid" is placed and is removed the next day. After that, you can return to breathing through your nose. There is discomfort but generally not much pain.
Dr. Gregory Vipond
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Dr. Anil Shah
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most likely not

If the nose is not packed (usually not but depends on surgeon and patient), recovery from a rhinoplasty can still have stuffiness.
However, this is usually tolerated quite well by patients and improves after several days.

In brief: Most likely not

If the nose is not packed (usually not but depends on surgeon and patient), recovery from a rhinoplasty can still have stuffiness.
However, this is usually tolerated quite well by patients and improves after several days.
Dr. Anil Shah
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Congested

Most people have congestion after a rhinoplasty.
Sometimes the nose may be achy. You may feel like you have a cold or sinus infection.

In brief: Congested

Most people have congestion after a rhinoplasty.
Sometimes the nose may be achy. You may feel like you have a cold or sinus infection.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually not bad

Modern rhinoplasty has some pain but it is usually not severe.
Also most surgeons do not pack the nose with gauze after surgery so there will be some congestion from swelling but you should still be able to breathe through your nose.

In brief: Usually not bad

Modern rhinoplasty has some pain but it is usually not severe.
Also most surgeons do not pack the nose with gauze after surgery so there will be some congestion from swelling but you should still be able to breathe through your nose.
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine

In brief: It is definitely

Uncomfortable but not suffocating.

In brief: It is definitely

Uncomfortable but not suffocating.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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