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5 years ago

Possibly septoplasty problems?

There is a septoplasty info page on this site but I can’t ask a question specifically about it so I don’t know if it’s ok to ask here, but I think after my septoplasty I’ve had a problem where my nose at some times will hurt even if barely touched or pushed on.It’s not a constant thing but this has only occurred after the surgery even though it’s been maybe 6 months I’d estimate since the surgery.

Procedure: Rhinoplasty

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Shashidhar Kusuma
ASPS Surgeon

Hello Silini,

sometimes during a septoplasty or a septorhinoplasty, the incision line may have an ingrown hair, a localized stitch abscess, or a localized granuloma/inflammation, or abnormal scarring that can lead to some vague discomfort. Also there could be an unidentified problem with the septum, septal perforation, raw exposed mucosa or cartilage or bone that can lead to ongoing to vague discomfort or pain. These should be further investigated with a good exam and sometimes endoscopically to see what is going on.

It is unusual to have pain this far out of surgery.

You should seek out more guidance from your surgeon and a proper evaluation from your surgeon.

Jonathan Zelken
ASPS Surgeon
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I hope this finds you well. This does not sound normal 6 months out. Is there a bump or stitch that you can feel under the skin? If not, there may be a scar ball called a neuroma causing this. Fortunately, all these issues are treatable. I would certainly bring it up to you plastic surgeon. If the answer does not satisfy you, you are entitled to a second opinion.


Dr Zelken

Jon Ver Halen

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. I agree with many of the comments on this thread, in that there are numerous potential causes for nasal sensitivity. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can have a thorough physical exam. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!


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