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What Can Cause Pressure Buildup in the Nose After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

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Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that can enhance the appearance and function of the nose. However, some patients may encounter unexpected complications, such as pressure buildup in the nose following the surgery. But what is pressure buildup after rhinoplasty surgery, and what causes it? If you are experiencing pressure in your nose after rhinoplasty, understanding the possible causes and seeking guidance from a reputable professional like board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eugene Alford at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, is crucial for effective management and successful recovery.

Why is there nasal swelling and inflammation after rhinoplasty?

Following rhinoplasty surgery, it is common to experience nasal swelling and inflammation. These occur as part of the body's natural healing response to surgical trauma. The accumulation of fluid and swelling in the nasal tissues can create a sensation of pressure and congestion, causing a bit of discomfort and making it difficult to breathe through the nose. Properly following Dr. Gene’s post-operative care instructions is important to manage swelling and reduce discomfort. There are three main causes of nasal swelling after nose surgery. Those include:

  • Nasal packing
  • Sinus pressure
  • Scar tissue

How does nasal packing contribute to pressure buildup?

In some cases, nasal packing may be used after rhinoplasty to support the nasal structures and control bleeding. The presence of nasal packing can create a feeling of pressure as it occupies space within the nasal cavity. Although it plays a vital role in the healing process, nasal packing can cause temporary discomfort. We typically remove the packing within a few days, relieving the pressure sensation in the nose.

What role does sinus pressure play in pressure buildup?

Occasionally, rhinoplasty surgery can lead to the feeling of having a sinus infection due to swelling. While it’s unlikely you do have a sinus infection, you may experience the same symptoms, such as pressure, pain, and congestion. It’s important that you don’t blow your nose as part of the healing process, as much as you may want to. If sinus issues are bothering you, contact our Houston, TX office, and we can talk with you about solutions and the potential use of saline nasal spray.

How does scar tissue formation contribute to pressure buildup?

During the healing process following rhinoplasty, scar tissue can form inside the nose. In some cases, this scar tissue may obstruct the nasal passages, resulting in a feeling of pressure. The severity of scar tissue formation can vary, and it is important to communicate any discomfort or breathing difficulties to our team. We can assess your condition and recommend suitable treatment options, which may include scar tissue revision if necessary.

What are the potential complications related to a deviated septum?

While it’s unlikely, the nasal septum can be impacted during rhinoplasty, leading to a deviated septum. This deviation can cause sinus pressure, nasal obstruction, and breathing difficulties. We do all we can to avoid this, but if it does occur, we can plan for a septum repair after your nose has healed.

How do I reduce nasal pressure after rhinoplasty?

While it’s perfectly normal to have some nasal pressure after your nose surgery, we understand it’s uncomfortable, and you likely want it to go away. Some ways you can try to alleviate some of this discomfort include:

  • Follow our post-op care instructions carefully
  • Try to keep your head elevated as much as possible, even when sleeping
  • Avoid strenuous activities, and do not introduce exercise into your daily routine until cleared to do so
  • Use a cold compress or washcloth

Get relief from nasal pressure after rhinoplasty

Pressure buildup in the nose after rhinoplasty surgery can be attributed to various factors, including nasal swelling, nasal packing, sinus pressure, scar tissue formation, and a deviated septum. If you are experiencing discomfort or pressure in your nose following a rhinoplasty procedure outside of the normal effects of healing, seeking professional guidance is essential. Dr. Eugene Alford at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, is a trusted expert in facial plastic surgery and can address your concerns about post-rhinoplasty nasal pressure and provide personalized care.

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