Nose hairs have a tendency of occasionally peeking out from the nostrils, but this can become more of a problem after rhinoplasty if the nose is shortened or made smaller. That said, nose surgery does not cause the nasal hairs to grow any more than usual. Instead, tip rotation may make it much easier to see up into your nostrils and notice the hair.
In some cases, a rhinoplasty patient may experience alar retraction, or elevation of the nostril margin, making more of the nostril visible from the profile view. It is possible for nostril reduction to help make nose hair less noticeable, but more than likely, it is best to trim or bleach them.
But how soon after rhinoplasty can you get rid of your nasal hair?
Shaving, trimming, waxing, or plucking are not practical ways to get rid of nasal hair following surgery. Tweezing nose hair can cause pain and infection, as well as boils to the inside of your nose. Bad bacteria, such as MRSA, can live inside your nose, resulting in a myriad of complications. In fact, cases of MRSA have been on the rise in the general public, causing an overuse of antibiotics.
But if they’re the only options, some surgeons recommend that you give your rhinoplasty incision 3 to 6 months to clear any surgical inflammation first. When using a milder hair removal technique, like with an electric trimmer, some surgeons recommend waiting 2 months after rhinoplasty. If you prefer a crude method like tweezing, it is best to wait for 6 months after the nose surgery.
Bleaching is an alternative way to get rid of unsightly nasal hair without removing them. The process involves the application of bleaching lotion for nasal hair for about 10 minutes. After application, the hair takes the colour of the skin, making it less visible. Since the technique is not harsh, you can wait for 2 to 6 months before bleaching, though it is best to consult with the surgeon who performed your procedure.
It is important to note that not all rhinoplasty operations are performed the same way. Even with the same surgeon, there are over 1000 techniques that can be personalised to each patient to ensure optimal outcomes. Still, majority of the swelling takes about 6 – 8 weeks to subside. So, it is best to wait until the swelling has subsided enough before trying any nasal hair removal method to avoid complications with the recovery.
Afterwards, you may use a prescription to keep undesired hair growth to a minimum.