Do All Rhinoplasty Patients Need Nasal Packing?

Although my rhinoplasty patients in Orange County generally look forward to their procedures, some express concerns about various aspects of the surgery and recovery. One such concern is about having their noses “packed” after surgery, a technique many doctors use to reduce bleeding by inserting gauze into the nasal chambers. The gauze stays in place until it’s removed at a follow-up appointment.

Nasal packing can be uncomfortable and frustrating for patients, so it’s understandable that they’d wish to avoid it. At my practice, I find that my gentle, meticulous surgical approach makes nasal packing unnecessary for both rhinoplasty and septoplasty patients. My precise incisions cause less trauma to tissues, so there’s minimal postoperative bleeding and no need for nasal packing.

Although each surgery is different, the typical rhinoplasty patient at my practice wears a nose splint for about a week following surgery. This device supports the nose as it heals and doesn’t require the use of gauze or other packing. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, talk to your potential surgeons during your consultation to learn about your expected recuperation. Although nasal packing was once essential to a good outcome, many of today’s surgical techniques come with much more comfortable healing processes.

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