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Infection After Rhinoplasty: Causes, Signs & Prevention

The prevention of infection is a critical step in any surgery, and rhinoplasty is no exception. Infection can cause significant inflammation and scarring, which can lead to deformity of the nose.

It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent infection from occurring. (1) If an infection does occur, it must be recognized and treated promptly and effectively to prevent further damage.

How to recognize infection after surgery?

One of the most important things to be aware of after rhinoplasty surgery is the signs and symptoms of infection.

It is normal to have some redness, swelling, and bruising after surgery, but if these symptoms start to worsen or are accompanied by a fever, it could be a sign of infection.

Other signs include increased pain, drainage from the incisions, and changes in breathing.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you must contact your surgeon immediately. With prompt treatment, most infections can be successfully treated without causing any permanent damage.

treating infection after rhinoplasty

What causes infection after rhinoplasty?

Infection after surgery may happen due to issues during the procedure or during the aftercare.

When it comes to the surgery itself, these can include:

• Presence of bacteria on the surgical equipment or in the operating room

• Contact with body fluids, such as blood, during surgery

• Allergic reaction to surgical adhesive material or other implanted materials

In other cases, it may be due to poor hygiene on the part of the patient or other problems during the recovery process, such as:

  • Poor wound care
  • Long-term use of nasal packing
  • Smoke exposure
  • Using recreational drugs
  • Entry of bacteria into the nose through a break in the skin

To help reduce the risk of infection, it is important to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions for care after surgery.

This includes keeping the surgical site clean and dry, taking antibiotics as prescribed, and avoiding activities that could increase the risk of infection.

Minimizing the risks of infection

The first thing you can do to minimize the chance of infection is to choose a reputable clinic and nose surgeon.

Our surgical team at Berkeley Square Medical takes great precautions to ensure that your operation happens in a sterile environment.

It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions from your surgeon. You can read our details method of cleaning your nose properly after nose surgery in this article, but here is a short recap:

  • We recommend using saline or sterile water on cotton balls or gauze pads to remove the crusting from around the edges of your nostrils
  • Then wash the inside of your nose with a nasal aspirator bulb syringe device.
  • Finally, rinse out your nose thoroughly using only saline water solution without touching any other part of your face, and pat dry gently.

In addition to cleaning your nose based on these recommendations, here are some extra tips to keep in mind:

  • Follow all post-operative care instructions
  • Keep your incisions and surgical area dry
  • Avoid putting any pressure on your nose during the healing process
  • Stay away from smoking, too hot or too cold drinks, hot or spicy food
  • Get plenty of rest and hydration to help your immune system

We promise to do our part to ensure your surgery is done in the safest environment and by a very experienced consultant rhinoplasty surgeon.

If you also follow the recommended practices during your recovery at home, the chances of infection remain very low, and you will proudly show off the results of your nose job in no time.

Sanjay Rai
Sanjay Rai

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