I’m scheduled for a revision rhinoplasty next week. For my primary rhinoplasty, I had to have my nose packed. This time I was told I wouldn’t need that, but I would be fitted with an internal splint. What is an internal nasal splint?
I perform numerous primary and revision rhinoplasty surgeries. I do not pack the nose for either one of these rhinoplasties. I use internal splints to maintain the shape and position of the septum if I have operated on the septum, and the splints help to maintain the position of the nose following rhinoplasty when significant bony work is performed on the nose. The splints are made of silastic and are easily removed. They also have airways molded into their structure so that you will be able to breath immediately following your rhinoplasty unlike with packing.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld