The Seattle Rhinoplasty Center
A: Typically patients are able to breathe through their nose, somewhat restricted, if only a rhinoplasty surgery is being performed. There is no packing placed on the inside of the nose. If a deviated septum surgery (septoplasty) has been performed and/or inferior turbinate surgery has been performed, patients are usually unable to breathe at all out of their nose for one week in the postoperative period. The breathing improves during the second week and is significantly improved by the third week, if a septoplasty is performed.