I was thinking to have a nose job done for the longest time, and I’ve had many friends and family members get theirs done, however they all tell me about how after the surgery the dr. has to pull out a stick/swab from the nose that was put in to hold the nose up. I hear this is so painful that it feels like someone is yanking your brains out of your nostrils. Could you elaborate? Thanks
What you’re friends had was most likely “packing.” Many older surgeons and some “old school trained” surgeons still use packing unfortunately on a routine basis. Packing is completely unnecessary and should be reserved for when it is absolutely needed (cases where there is too much bleeding). Personally I have to pack rhinoplasty patients less than once every other year or so if that. Removal of packing does hurt and when it is placed, it ususally stays in place for 3-7 days and it is very uncomfortable. However, I along with some other surgeons like to use a soft pliable “telfa strip” for the inside of the nose just for over night after surgery (which is removed the very next day) and that is so it “mops” up some of the drainage that first night so that you don’t have to keep wiping your nose/lips.