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I had my nose surgery (septo + some cosmetic - not a full rhino) on Tuesday. My nose was not packed, but I have a nasal stent in each nostril and a cast over steri-strips on the outside. It's hard to see much of anything given that my nose is hidden under the cast, but I am concerned because it does look like my nose is slightly turned up. I didn't get any tip work done so I am wondering if the swelling + nose stents could make it look like the nose is slightly porcine when it probably isn't when those are removed? How big are stents? I can't see up my nose because the nostrils are squeezed so tightly together by the cast.
Also, when stents are stitched in, what are they stitched TO? I am already wondering what to expect in my post-op on Tuesday. I read through the archives that some people had their skin pulled off when the cast was removed. Is there an easier way to remove the cast? I will request it if so. What about removing the stents... is it really that painful? Too late to worry about it now I guess, but I could at least try to be mentally prepared for it!
Don't worry. The cast removal is easy. The doc puts on some solution to disslove the glue. The stents, are big, really big. Mine had one stitch each and it is stitched to the skin in the inside of the nose. Again, it is easy, the doc snips the stitch and simply pulls it out. It does not hurt at all but is a bit funny feeling because it is big. Really the only thing that was any thing close to being a bit painful was the stitch removal on my columella (open procedure)which is really sensitive. If you really want to know, search for stent/rhinoplasty on Utube. It is easy.... really.
I also had stents in my nose post-op. I took a painkiller before their removal because I thought it was going to be so painful, but I couldnt believe how painless it actually was! Like the above poster said, its more of just a weird feeling. DID NOT HURT AT ALL. What did hurt was the removal of the surgeon's glue which was put over my stitches near my nostrils.
Just to report back on this - the cast removal was uncomfortable but not painful. It was getting pretty lose by the time they took it off (one week after my procedure) which I think helped with getting it off.
The stent removal was worth worrying about though. Clipping the stitch was uncomfortable but didn't hurt, but the stent removal itself felt like birthing something out of my nostrils. In fact one stent got stuck coming out because my nostril was too small for it to pass through, so it had to be yanked through. Which wouldn't be so bad but the nostrils are so sore and tender there!
Anyway, it's over now. I took a picture of the stents if anyone is curious! (They are gory pics though!)
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