That depends on the type of nasal splint in question. External splints are used almost always, because some type of nasal bone reshaping is done as part of the rhinoplasty more often than not. When only nasal tip work is done, they may not be employed. When used they routinely stay on for two weeks. Internal splints are not used routinely. Typically, they are used in cases of the deviated nose or septum, where the partition of the two sides of the nose was reset. When used they are removed between postoperative day five and seven.
Timing of Nasal Splint Removal
The timing of nasal splint removal varies depending on the patient’s healing process and the surgeon’s preferences. In general, the splint is removed within 5 to 7 days after the surgery. However, some surgeons may leave the splint in place for up to two weeks to ensure optimal healing.
Before the splint removal, the surgeon will examine the nose to make sure it has healed properly. If the nose is not yet fully healed, the splint may be left in place for a few more days. If everything looks good, the splint removal process will begin.
Process of Nasal Splint Removal
The process of removing the nasal splint is quick and painless. The surgeon will use scissors or a scalpel to carefully cut the splint along the sides of the nose. Once the splint is cut, it will be gently lifted off the nose.
After the splint is removed, the patient may feel some discomfort or pressure in the nose. This is normal and will subside quickly. The patient may also notice some swelling and bruising around the nose, which is also normal after rhinoplasty surgery.
Post-Splint Removal Care
After the nasal splint is removed, the patient should follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully. These instructions may include using saline nasal spray to keep the nasal passages moist, avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks, and avoiding blowing the nose for several days.
It is important to note that the nose will continue to heal and change for several months after the surgery. It is essential to keep all follow-up appointments with the surgeon to ensure optimal healing and results.
Nasal splint removal after rhinoplasty surgery is a quick and painless process. The timing of the splint removal varies depending on the patient’s healing process and the surgeon’s preferences. After the splint is removed, it is essential to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully for optimal healing and results.