Why is my nose oily after rhinoplasty?

Why is my nose oily after rhinoplasty?

Following rhinoplasty, a procedure to reshape and redefine your nose, swelling and an oily nose are extremely common. The swelling is part of the reason the skin becomes oily or has a shiny appearance. The good news is that, just like the swelling, it is not permanent and your skin should return to its previous condition in just a few months. In the meantime, we have compiled a brief guide to help you understand why your nasal skin has reacted in this way and what you can safely do to treat it.


Why does nasal skin often become oily post-Rhinoplasty?

It’s not surprising that your nose will react to the trauma it has just undergone. There are various reasons why your nasal skin may become oily:

  • Role of sebaceous glands — Rhinoplasty often triggers a protective response where the sebaceous glands in your nose secrete oil to keep your skin moisturised. Post rhinoplasty, your glands may produce excess oil as a protective response to dried skin or irritation post-procedure.
  • Your skin’s natural response post-surgery — Post rhinoplasty, your skin will begin to heal, resulting in increased oil production as your body attempts to shield the newly operated area from external pollutants and maintain hydration.
  • Temporary hormonal changes — Any surgical procedure can cause temporary hormonal fluctuations in the body, which may lead to an oily feeling on your nose.
  • Blocked pores — Over and above the actual surgery, your nose has been taped and bandaged for at least a week, causing the pores to become blocked, resulting in a build-up of oil, which you cannot sufficiently cleanse for weeks. Rest assured, this is a short-term condition that will subside in time as the swelling decreases.


What can you do to treat an oily nose after Rhinoplasty?

Being proactive about your skincare post-rhinoplasty can help reduce the unwanted oily feeling and ensure a smoother healing journey. There are several products on the market designed specifically for the treatment of oily skin. A dermatologist and your surgeon can offer advice about the appropriate skincare routine that will help to reduce nasal oil and acne.

Once the bandage is removed, gentle and regular cleansing with a simple non active cleanser should help. But ensure that you don’t rub, massage or wipe too hard. Some gentle exfoliators are fine to use, but avoid aggressive exfoliators, as the nasal skin can be extremely sensitive in the early stages following surgery.

Avoid any aggressive treatments that will involve the use of pressure on the nose. Avoid using strips to soak up excess oil and open the pores for at least six months. The main thing to remember is that your nose has undergone surgery and needs to be treated with care.

Approximately a month after surgery, certain facial peels will unclog pores and improve the skin, but they are gentle enough for your post-op nose. Before embarking on any course of treatment — whether at home or in the hands of a dermatologist or beauty therapist — consult your surgeon for advice, guidance and recommendations.

Schedule your follow-up appointment with Dr Shahidi today

Although we understand it can be uncomfortable, an oily nose post-rhinoplasty is a common symptom that’s to be expected.

Dr Shahidi has received the highest qualification awarded to Australian surgeons — Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) — and specialises in various rhinoplasty surgeries.

When you book your rhinoplasty with Dr Shahidi, you’re receiving expert advice from a qualified specialist. Dr Shahidi will be there every step of the way, from your initial consultation to providing valuable after-care advice for post-surgery.

Contact us to book your initial consultation or follow-up appointment with Dr Shahidi or for any questions you may have.

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