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Splint and Tampon Use in Rhinoplasty

The shape of the nose is one of the organs that affect the facial expression of the person the most. Therefore, we can say that nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is probably the most preferred aesthetic operation worldwide.

A successfully performed rhinoplasty (nose surgery) operation can ensure that the nose is shaped in proportion to the other organs on the face and that breathing problems are ceased upon complaint. In addition, there is a period after rhinoplasty, during which you need to be very careful.

Because the bones and cartilage are moved during the surgery, special care is required to keep these elements stable after rhinoplasty. This care can be achieved with the use of splints and tampons.

What are splints and tampons?

What are Splints and Tampons?

After nose surgeries, there are two types of elements, splints and tampons, which are frequently reused. So, what are splints and tampons and why are they so important? Let’s find out together.

Nasal Splint

Nasal Splints are devices used to stabilize the nose after nasal surgeries and are usually made of plastic or silicone. The use of Splints varies according to the nose operation a person undergoes. There are two types of Splints: External and Internal Splints.

Types of Nasal Splints

What is an External Splint?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common surgeries that require the use of External Splints. After the nose surgery, a flexible exterior nasal splint is placed over the nasal bandage. If the splint is required to grip the nose more firmly, it is also possible to place a bandage over the nasal splint.

The process after the rhinoplasty surgery is as important as the surgery itself. The form given to the nose should be preserved after surgery and swelling of the tissues should be prevented.

Splint and tampon use in rhinoplasty

The form given to the nose should be maintained after surgery and swelling of the tissues should be prevented. For this reason, the quality of the Splints used after nose surgeries is quite important. It can be a bad scenario for both the surgeon and the patient if the nose, which gains its ideal form quite laboriously, is distorted due to the effect of oedema during the healing period, and if the grafts or nasal bones slip out of place. Patented by the Turkish Patent Office, TAS Nasal Splint offers personalized use thanks to its adjustable medical elastic bandage structure. You can access the details about our patented product, which is manufactured through innovative approaches and whose effectiveness is proven in clinical studies, on the page titled TAS Patented Nasal Splint.


What is an Internal Splint?

After a nose surgery that requires the use of an internal splint, an internal splint will be placed in both nostrils. And, the splint will be fixed to the nostril with the help of sutures.

At the end of the healing process, the splint can be removed together with the sutures.

What Is A Nasal Splint Used For?

The use of each type of splint, whose main purpose is to keep the bones and cartilages in the nose stable, is different from each other.

The Internal Nasal Splint is applied to the nostrils and fixed with the help of sutures. The External Nasal Splint is worn on the outside of the nose and fixed to the nose by means of medical tapes.

Splints, also known as Nasal Splints, are used to stabilize the newly operated nasal tissue and to protect the nasal structure during the healing process.

After Which Type Of Surgeries Are Nasal Splints Used?

Nasal Splints can be used after various nasal operations. The following operations can be presented as examples of these nose surgeries:

  • Septoplasty
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Nasal Fracture Surgery

When Should A Nasal Splint Be Removed?

A nasal splint is removed after approximately 1 week to 10 days, depending on the nature of the operation.

Splint and tampon use in rhinoplasty

Nasal Tampon

The procedure of applying sterile cotton or gauze patch to both nostrils after nose surgeries (rhinoplasty) is called nasal tamponade. The application of a nasal tampon is applied in order to absorb blood or fluid that may come out of the nose.

Types of Nasal Tampons

Nasal tampons to be applied after nose surgeries may vary according to the needs. Nasal tampons can be preferred according to the material and the needs. The types of nasal tampons are as follows:

Sponge Nasal Tampons

The Sponge Nose Tampons have some advantages. Sponge Nasal Tampons do not dissolve, swell quickly, do not adhere to tissues and provide absorption of leaks due to bleeding. This type of nasal tampon which is obtained from a special type of sponge can be kept inside the nose for 2-3 days.

Silicone Nasal Tampons

Silicone Nasal Tampon is one of the most preferred nasal tampons. This type of nasal tampon, also known as a perforated nasal tampon, made of silicone material, helps the patient breathe and keeps the movements of anatomical structures under control. Silicone nasal tampons are usually kept in the nose for 3-5 days.

Corrugated Nasal Tampons

A Corrugated Nasal Tampon is a type of tampon obtained by combining silicone and intranasal tampons.

Sponge nasal tampons

The Importance of Using Tampons After Rhinoplasty

The use of nasal tampons makes the post-rhinoplasty period quite easy. We can summarize the importance of nasal tampons in terms of rhinoplasty as follows:

  • The use of tampons after rhinoplasty accelerates the healing process and eliminates the risk of adhesions.
  • Nasal tampons help to stop bleeding and leakage of fluids that may occur after surgery.
  • They are recommended because they do not pose any risks.

When Are Nasal Tampons Required?

The use of tampons after rhinoplasty is at the discretion of the operating surgeon. Nasal tampons are usually used when bleeding does not stop and fluid continues to come out.

When Should a Nasal Tampon Be Removed?

The time to remove the nasal tampon after a nose surgery varies according to the patient and the nature of the operation. In some nasal operations, the nasal tampon stays inside the nose for 12 to 24 hours; in some cases, it can be removed just after 4 hours.

Is it Painful When Splints and Tampons Are Being Removed?

The biggest source of the fear of rhinoplasty is the fear of pain in the after-surgery period. The gauze patch used after rhinoplasty can often cause a feeling of pain due to its adhesion to the wounds. However, the silicone tampons used nowadays do not adhere to the nasal tissue and can be easily removed painlessly after the completion of the treatment. In addition, because of the hole in the middle, silicone nasal tampons, it is easier to breathe after surgeries compared to other tampons.

Is It Possible to Breathe When a Nasal Tampon is Used?

Depending on the type of nasal tampons used after nose surgery, your breathing quality may vary during the course of the process. While it was very difficult to breathe with the use of old-fashioned bandages, you can breathe comfortably thanks to silicone nasal tampons.

Matters to Consider After a Nasal Tampon is Removed?

After the tampons are removed, the inside of the nose should be cleaned twice a day by using cotton buds and water. You should be careful not to insert the cotton buds too deep into your nostril.

Frequently Asked Questions About Splint and Tampon Use

Does it hurt to sneeze when a tampon is placed inside your nose?

Sneezing is a natural phenomenon and does not affect your nose or tampon after surgery. In addition, you should avoid any impact on your nose after nose surgery.

Can a nasal tampon get blocked?

Intense leakage after rhinoplasty and neglecting the use of intranasal sprays can cause your nasal tampon to get blocked. In such cases, you should consult your doctor.

Does the use of tampons affect sleep order?

In the postsurgical period, the breathing problem you might experience due to the tampon may affect your sleep order. Moreover, thanks to the hole in the middle of the new generation silicone tampons, breathing is easier than with conventional tampons. And, your postsurgical sleeping problems are minimized.

Are tampons used during rhinoplasty uncomfortable?

The presence of intranasal tampons causes a feeling of fullness in the nose, but they do not cause pain.  Intranasal tampons do not cause any discomfort on their own.

Should the nasal massage be applied after the splint is removed?

You may be told to lightly massage your nose after nose surgery. After the splints and tampons placed in the nasal area are removed after the operation, nasal massage can be started.

Are there tampons that can dissolve?

Some tampons can dissolve. The dissolving tampons, which can be used in nasal surgeries that require mild intervention, can be used due to the absence of the need for tampon removal.

Can a nasal tampon be cleaned?

Your doctor may prescribe sprays or creams that will prevent the nasal tampons from being blocked after nasal surgeries. They can be cleaned in this way.

What should I do if the nasal splint comes out by itself?

After nose surgeries, the Nasal Splint may rarely fall off the nose. This is because the skin of the nose is oily and the swelling goes down. If this happens, you should not worry and should inform your doctor.

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