Taping the nose after a rhinoplasty is done to help control edema (swelling) of the nose. Early on after a rhinoplasty, 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.
Dr. Shah utilizes 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. (See photo and video explanation below)
Dr. Shah will recommend a taping method and duration post procedure.
Taping Methods: Type One
Taping Methods: Type Two
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I tape my nose?
We typically recommend taping the nose during sleep. The majority of swelling occurs during the evening and this prevents the nose from swelling in the morning.
Can I tape my nose all the time?
Dr. Shah recommends 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.
How many months do I have to tape my nose?
Only tape your nose if directed by Dr. Shah. Most patients who are instructed to tape their nose do so for 1-3 months after the procedure. Patients do however, tape their nose for longer after the procedure and this can depend on individual differences in the soft tissue envelope and healing.
What are the advantages of taping?
It allows for a nose to take its shape faster than just allowing it to heal on its own. In some cases, it may help prevent the formation of scar tissue to the nose.
What are the disadvantages of taping?
Taping can irritate the nose in some cases. Some patients have difficulty removing the residue from the tape in the morning.
How do you remove the residue from tape in the morning?
Gentle washing can be effective. In some cases, a mild astrigent can help dissolve the glue from the tape.
What kind of tape do I use?
Dr. Shah’s office will provide you with tape. Paper tape no wider than a half an inch is recommended.
When do I stop taping?
If the patient does not note a difference in the mornings when he/she tapes versus not taping then taping is no longer required. This is discussed in conjunction with Dr. Shah.