Incisions placed inside the nose and sewn with stitches induce swelling inside the nose just like the inflammation outside the nose. However this swelling is in the mucus lining of the inside of the nose and improves really sooner than the swollen outer skin and will subside within 1 month after rhinoplasty. While this inner inflammation is relieving, only some patients and not all of them may run into some difficulties such as impaired sense of smell and breathing problems which slowly heal over the period mentioned above. Moreover, nasal obstruction can happen due to dried blood clots inside the nose and also because the patient mustn’t blow his/her nose, as it increases the risk of bleeding during 1-2 week(s) after rhinoplasty. The nasal obstruction may lead to impaired sense of smell and breathing problems. Following recommendation given to you, accurate rinse of the nose with volume expander more easily and better cleans inside the nose and the patient normally breathe again. As it was previously mentioned, the inserted tampon absorbs nasal liquids and bloods. When the tampon is removed within 2-3 days after rhinoplasty the nasal breathing is much better than the cases that tampon is not inserted after rhinoplasty. It was discussed earlier that rinse of the nose with volume expander enhances breathing and sense of smell after rhinoplasty. to wash inside the nose, you should provide a preferably large volume syringe for instance a 10 cc syringe and then detach the needle and discard it. Next, draw up the volume expander and in the bath; expel it into the nose with a normal pressure. Repeat this process several times during the day in order that your nasal obstruction is resolved.
For more information in regard to washing inside the nose please find the relevant topic and watch the educational movie and pictures concerning rinse of the nose.