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Nose Jobs and Congestion

Those who have a nose job for a deviated septum look forward to being able to breathe easily for perhaps the first time in their life. Others who are having cosmetic work done are simply looking forward to breathing nicely through a beautiful new nose. One side effect of a nose job that many simply aren’t aware of before the surgery is the amount of time that you won’t be able to breathe easily.

Surgical Packing

Immediately following the nose job, the surgeon will use packing or specialized gauze to fill in the nasal cavities. This is to preserve the newly created shape of the nose and support it in the first days of healing. An unfortunate side effect of the nasal packing is that you simply can’t breathe through your nose so long as there are rolls of gauze in the way. Some surgeons remove the gauze in the day after surgery, while others wait a few days to ensure the nose is healing well.

Nose Job Swelling and Congestion

After the surgeon has removed the packing, it may feel natural to try and take a deep breath – after all, your nose isn’t blocked artificially any longer. Unfortunately, rather than a clear breath, you’ll likely discover how congested your nose. The swelling that you see on the outside of your nose following surgery is actually mirrored on the inside of your nose, filling most of the space normally available for breathing.

For up to two or three weeks following surgery, you’ll continue to be congested. The swelling must go down gradually, but as it does your breathing should improve steadily as well. Breathing concerns and congestion should be discussed with your surgeon at all follow-up appointments as only he will be able to determine if the healing process is progressing correctly in your individual case.