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Thanks for your question. My name isXXXXX and I am here to help you today. I will be happy to help you with your follow-up questions also.
I am myself an ENT surgeon with special interest in nasal surgery.
I will try to address your concerns first.
Your age is not going to affect you regarding this surgery.
Thin skin is one factor but at 69 the skin is bit lax so it's good from that aspect.
You can expect major recovery in 2 to 3 weeks but otherwise the swelling can remain there to some extent for 3 months.
But you can resume your activities in 2 weeks easily. Even you can do this early.
Sneezing cannot cause fracture but can displace the repaired area.
You just have to avoid sneezing for 2 weeks.
The point is how to do this.
OTC tab claritin is good for it.
Take it once daily.
Moreover whenever you feel that you are going to sneeze just start pressing your upper lip area just below nose.
This will help you to avoid sneezing.
I wish you all the best for your surgery.
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Dear Dr. Hasan,
Thank you for your thorough reply. When you mentioned swelling for up to three months, do you mean noticeable swelling? , I have a widening near the top of my nose where it looks like the bones pushed out. It has been four weeks and I still have pain from this injury. I am told I cannot have surgery until at least October. If I choose not to have the surgery, will there have any health considerations other than for aesthetic appearance? Prior to this injury, I had what I felt was an "ideal" nose, but do not want to do the surgery purely based on wanting my "old nose" back.