Taping the nose after a rhinoplasty is done to help control edema (swelling) of the nose. Early on after a rhinoplasty surgery, a nose may swell, particularly around the tip of the nose. Taping holds light pressure on the skin to prevent the skin and soft tissue of the nose from expanding. In addition, after a rhinoplasty the underlying shape of the nose has been changed by alteration to the shape of the cartilage of the nose. Taping allows the skin of the nose to help conform to this new shape.
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Our doctors utilize two different types of taping techniques for patients after rhinoplasty. In type 1 taping, patients place a single strip of tape over the supratip of the nose. In type 2 taping, patients place a strip of tape under the columella of the nose and then gently squeeze the tape around the infratip lobule. An additional strip of tape is placed on the supratip of the nose.
How long should I Tape my nose?
The required time for using tape on the nose is different. It can be between 2 weeks to 2 months. This different time depends on the type of skin of nose. If the skin of the nose is clear and thin the tape can be removed after 2 weeks but if the skin is thick, it is better to use the tape on the nose up to two months.
Maybe the people who have nose surgery, ask this question that, does it make any problem to use the tape on the nose for a longer time? the answer is that taping the nose for people who have nose surgery with thin or thick skin is different .in the case of thin skin tape should be on the nose up to 6 months and it doesn`t make any problem . But for the people who have thick skin, it is better to use tape for a longer time.
The method of putting tape on the nose should be done very carefully and the important point is that, tip of the nose should not be under the tape .also the time of changing the tape is important and should be considered. The usual time for changing the tape is between 3 to 6 days while if the tape becomes dirty or lose it should be changed sooner. For the first week after surgery it is recommended that your surgeon changes the tape and after learning how to do it you can change it by yourself.
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The gentle application of tape to your nose postoperatively will help to reduce swelling quicker, speed healing, and obtain a better and a more predictable result. The pressure from the tape “splints” the new nasal structure in place to better control healing. The pressure of the tape also “presses out” the swelling and tissue edema.
The procedure can be used particularly in thick-skinned patients, in whom skin draping and nasal refinement is crucial to the surgical outcome. Taping can irritate the nose in some cases. Some patients can tolerate taping very well for long periods, others cannot. Some patients have difficulty removing the residue from the tape in the morning. You can let your nose and your anatomy give you that message. If you cannot tolerate taping, the signs are usually irritation, redness, and bumps from the tape. Stop taping if this case or try interrupting the process for several days until the irritation clears, then try again.
Taping can be safely performed at any times and as often as you like. Doctors recommend this schedule at a minimum:
. Begin immediately after the splint is removed. Do this for at least six (6) weeks, at least at night.
. If you don’t mind taping during the day, it is fine to do so.
. After six (6) weeks taping can be discontinued. If you notice some return of swelling then it is okay to resume taping if you wish.
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Taping has special cares. To remove taping, you should take a warm bath and let the water pours on your nose. Then, soap the nose and gently remove it from down to top. Removing the tape from top to down, should be prohibited. After removing the tape:
. Wash your nose with mild soap and water and blot dry. Wait 5-10 minutes.
. Use the Micropore tape provided to cut three pieces of tape (1- 1.5 inch).
. Place the three pieces of tape on the bridge of the nose starting with the highest part of the nose and working your way downward toward the tip of your nose.
. Cut two longer pieces of tape and place each piece of tape along each nasal wall. Pinch the ends of the tape together and cut off the extra portion.
. Add one piece of tape to tip of nose.
. Tape every night (only at night) as directed.
Most doctors recommend hypoallergenic medical grade paper tape that is available at almost any pharmacy. It is also most helpful if the tape is 1/2 inch wide.
For at least a week after the surgery, it is recommended not to take a shower. If you must, you can wash your hair and body without letting the water run over your face. You can clean your face with a wet washcloth during this period.
Once the splint is removed, you will have to wear tapes that need to stay in place for at least 4-5 days. After this period, showering is an ideal time to remove the tapes every time you want to take them off.
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The main reason for tapes after nose job is to subside swelling. Although the effectiveness of tapes is not scientifically proved, they are still considered beneficial by most surgeons. It is argued that if you skip taping, the swelling might take longer to go down. Some surgeons also believe that not wearing tapes can increase the risks of some complications such as Polly beak deformity.
We recommend letting the skin of the nose breathe during the day. Taping the nose too much can lead to irritation and can actually cause more swelling in some cases.