It’s not unusual for surgeons to use internal and external nasal splints following both rhinoplasty and septoplasty. These are used to hold anatomic structures in place following these procedures.
External nasal splints are typically left in place for about a week. They are utilized to hold the bones in place following rhinoplasty with infracture. It would be unusual to have pain or discomfort during removal of this type of nasal splint.
Internal nasal splints made of silastic are typically utilized when septoplasties are performed. This type of splint is usually left in place for 2-3 weeks following surgery. Removal of internal nasal splints would be characterized as uncomfortable and mildly painful.
It’s important to understand that nasal splints are often necessary to obtain an excellent surgical result. The majority of patients tolerate splint removal without discomfort or pain.