If you’ve been researching rhinoplasty techniques, you’ve probably come across the concept of nasal packing. Nasal packing is the process of packing the nose with gauze or other materials to staunch bleeding and minimize swelling after surgery. It’s generally regarded as a particularly unpleasant aspect of rhinoplasty surgery. Ready for some good news? These days, nasal packing is often not necessary, and is regarded as something to be used only in special cases. Why is this? Because surgical techniques and knowledge have vastly improved in the last few decades.
Nasal Packing in the Early Days
Back in the 70’s and 80’s patients had to endure packing for a very long time–about 10-14 days. These days, we have improved surgical techniques so much that packing is only required in rare cases, and typically stays in for only 24-48 hours. Some plastic surgeons still use it more routinely, but a large number regard it as an unnecessary discomfort for the patient.
Why is Packing So Uncomfortable?
You know what it feels like to have a bad cold. You can’t breathe, the pressure is difficult to bear, and you just want clear sinuses again. It’s the same with nasal packing. Most people find it extremely frustrating to only breathe through their mouth. Furthermore, the removal of the packing can be a painful process, depending on the material and method used.
In the end, if you would like to improve your appearance with a rhinoplasty, don’t be afraid of nasal packing. It’s likely you won’t need it, and if you do, it will only be for a few days. What’s a few days of discomfort when you think of how your new nose will make you feel for the rest of your life?
The need for nasal packing may vary from patient to patient. When rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto feels that nasal packing is necessary, it is typically removed the next day. For more information, contact Dr. Mounsey today at 416.438.2499 to set up a consultation.