How long should you tape your nose after a nose job?

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Many people know that you have to tape your nose for some time after rhinoplasty. Immediately after the procedure, the nose is plastered – a plaster that must remain in place for about a week. It is after the plaster has been removed that the tip of the nose needs to be taped at night for 3–4 weeks.

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Your doctor will instruct you on how to proceed. The reason for the tape is to prevent swelling but also to stabilise the newly operated nose.

Taping the nose after rhinoplasty - and getting a perfect result

Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia, both closed technique with an incision inside the nose and open with an incision under the nose. Sometimes, but not usually, you can get a scar just under the nose – while the rest of the scars are inside the nose.

To narrow the nose, the nasal bone is broken, and sometimes the cartilage has to be filed. The plaster cast will remain in place for a week. Inside the nose you will be given two plugs that can be removed after a few days. The convalescence period is about two weeks. However, the final result will only be seen after 1 year.

Some people find the stickiness of the tape difficult to remove without damaging their skin. There are some tips you can use to make it easier to wash off:

  • Use some cooking oil to wash it off, the fat will dissolve the stickiness
  • Or use a mild facial scrub – preferably in combination with some toner.

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