In the final step of rhinoplasty operations, tampons are placed within the nostrils in order to reduce the post-operative oedema and to provide intranasal support. The tampons used in the past were made up of sterile cottons. They used to adhere to the recovering tissues within the nose; thus, it was painful and caused bleeding during removal. Removal of the tampons caused anxiety for the patients more than the operation itself.
Currently, silicone support materials are used instead of the cotton plugs. Since they do not adhere to the intranasal tissues, removal of silicone supports is easy and painless. Another advantage of silicone supports is that they have air tunnels inside. Thus, the patient can efficiently use the nasal sprays and if these tunnels are not obstructed with clot, the patient can easily breath until its removal.