What exactly is nasal packing?

What exactly is nasal packing? Is it always required after a nose job and for how long?

Nasal packing typically refers to some form of foam, cotton or cotton-like material that is placed into the nasal cavities to both provide pressure to reduce bleeding and help support tissues during healing.  Most surgeons use some form of nasal packing after rhinoplasty anywhere from one to seven days postoperatively depending on the extent of surgery.

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