COVID-19 Reopening Updates View Update Virtual Consultation

+1 858-638-9800

9834 Genesee Ave Suite 328, La Jolla, CA 92037

schedule an appoinment

COVID-19 Reopening Updates View Update Virtual Consultation

At the San Diego practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Vincent Marin, we use external and internal nasal splints to help us achieve the best possible rhinoplasty results. Here, we explain the uses of external versus internal splints, as well as information regarding the removal of rhinoplasty splints.

External Nasal Splint

It is common for external splints to be placed on the nose after rhinoplasty surgery. The external splint serves a number of functions, including:

  • Maintaining the nose’s new shape: After nose surgery, the splint is used to keep the reshaped nose straight. The splint will keep any nasal bones that were fractured, along with the manipulated cartilage, in place. Keeping the nose and underlying bone stabilized during recovery is critical to achieving ideal results.
  • Protecting the nose from injury: The splint offers some protection against injury and infection. In addition to wearing the nasal splint, patients should only engage in light activity during the recovery phase of rhinoplasty. Moderate to heavy activity and any activity that could result in injury to the nose should be avoided in the weeks after surgery.
  • Reducing swelling: Swelling is a common side effect of any surgery. Use of surgical tape and a nasal splint will compress the skin and reduce swelling after rhinoplasty surgery. The splint will encourage the nasal skin to heal directly on the cartilage, producing more precise results. When the nasal skin swells after rhinoplasty, it creates a space between the skin and the cartilage in which hematoma and scar tissue can form. Ideally, we want to reduce swelling so the skin heals flat and smooth on the nasal cartilage. In cases of hematoma and scar tissue formation, new irregularities may develop, making the results of surgery less predictable.

Internal Nasal Splint

The internal splint may be used for patients that have undergone septorhinoplasty. The internal splint can:

  • Support the septum: The internal splint, a soft silicone splint, is placed to support the position of the septum after nasal surgery.
  • Reduce bleeding: Internal splints compress the skin and mucous membrane, thereby reducing bleeding and hematoma.
  • Encourage the tissue to heal on the cartilage: After rhinoplasty surgery, an internal splint can be placed to encourage the lining of the nose (the mucosa) to heal on the internal framework of the nose (the bone and cartilage).

When Will the Nasal Splint Be Removed?

At the San Diego practice of Dr. Marin, the external and internal splints are typically removed after seven days.

Is Nasal Splint Removal Painful?

Many patients experience a combination of apprehension and excitement when they return to our office so the nasal splint can be removed. Dr. Marin will gently remove external and internal splints to minimize discomfort. Patients report feeling some pressure when the splint is removed, but few experience severe pain. Once the splint is removed, patients can take their first look at their post-surgical results.

Contact Marin Aesthetics in San Diego to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Vincent Marin.

*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.

Comments are closed here.

Related Posts

Protecting Your Nose After Rhinoplasty

Your nose is a very delicate and refined structure. It has both a cosmetic and functional aspect, so it should look elegant and balanced with your...

Read More

Meghan Markle Nose Job: A Plastic Surgeon’s Perspective

Ever since the Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has become a household name across the United States and Europe....

Read More

Rhinoplasty for Athletes: How Soon can You Get Back in the Game?

  Here at Marin Aesthetics, many of our rhinoplasty patients are young people. Thus, we often get the question of how soon they can return to...

Read More

Does Bella Hadid Have the Perfect Female Nose? [Infographic]

Bella Hadid, the sister of model Gigi, is rapidly becoming a style icon herself. She recently became a Victoria Secret Angel and recently walked in their...

Read More

Correcting an Upturned Nasal Tip

The key to attractive facial features lies in how the various facial elements are balanced. If the eyes are too close together or the chin is...

Read More

Schedule an Appointment

TO OUR MARIN AESTHETICS PATIENTS:

In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing info@marinaesthetics.com. Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team