Well i had my deviated septum fixed almost a year ago!
And trust me, i was NERVOUS, between being my first surgery and nerves i was a MESS!
But its like just having a realllyy bad stuffed up nose! It just felt like something was up my nose and i just EVER so badly wanted to take it out at first then after a day or two i got used to that feeling once i started rinsing my nose i found it helped out alot! Cause i was the same way, i was scared i was going to want to rip the stuff out and was just SCARED to do anything wrong to screw up what they JUST fixed for me! But i started to realize you cant really do that so much unless you go around banging your face off things!
so your safe!
My surgeon had me on T3's after surgeon i found that it was BEST to keep up with them forsure! I had ZERO pain right after surgery but once i had to get up to go home my head started to KILL. That to me was worse than having the stents in my nose, the headache killed me!
But by time the stents came out my head started to feel better it took me a good 3 weeks to be able to get back to my NORMAL self.
I had swelling in my checks and nose area! Not so much bruising you couldn't tell unless you looked at my nose on an angle!
Stents came out within maybe a week and a half or so!
Once you get past the first week or few days things start to look up! the best part of all is when you have packing/stents you you'll see a huge difference!
i only had the septoplasty so Im hoping that sheds a little light for you
you'll do fine, and if your giving a rinse for your nose do it more than the suggest i deffinetly found that got the gunk out faster which helped me out alot