When it comes to Rhinoplasty surgery can change the shape, size, and structure of the nose, delivering incredible results for the right patient. Still, any surgery has one major drawback if not handled well: the potential for noticeable scar tissue after you’re healing is complete. Even rhinoplasty surgery, with its well-hidden incisions, can create visible scar tissue. To keep your natural results looking natural and without such scarring, you’ll need to take some precautions.
Why Does Scar Tissue Form?
There is no such thing as a surgery without some scar tissue. When an incision is made in the skin, the body will create scar tissue to heal the wounds. Scars are formed by dense, fibrous connective tissue that can seal the wound closed. It is the body’s natural way of protecting itself and it is nothing to be alarmed about. Once it is formed, scar tissue can sometimes be remodeled or reshaped with the help of a facial plastic surgeon or other highly trained specialist. For a rare few, the body may also produce too much scar tissue and cause problems with healing.
Where will Scar Tissue Form After Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed in two different ways, using the open or closed approach. In a closed rhinoplasty, or endonasal rhinoplasty, your facial plastic surgeon will limit incisions to within the inside of your nostrils. This method will not leave behind any visible skin incisions. An open rhinoplasty will involve one small incision between the nostrils on the underside of the nose. This approach will allow the greatest access to the nasal tip as well as the lower and middle third of the nose.
When scar tissue forms, it will start at the location of these incisions but can become noticeable if care isn’t taken to prevent this. Patients who do experience the formation of excess scar tissue after rhinoplasty will likely develop it around the nasal tip region. Because this area may appear swollen or bulbous for a time after surgery, you should raise any concerns you have about potential scar tissue with your facial plastic surgeon.
How Can Scar Tissue Be Reduced?
If you do experience problems with the formation of excess scar tissue following your rhinoplasty surgery, there are some things you can do to reduce it and achieve a more natural result. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon about your options, which may include injections of a special type of steroid to diminish scar tissue. In other cases, a revision rhinoplasty can revise the problems caused by excess scar tissue. Adjustments can be made in both surgical and nonsurgical techniques, so start the conversation with your facial plastic surgeon today and take it from there.
Choose an Expert Facial Plastic Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty
To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery and what you can do to minimize your own scar tissue, book a consultation with the right facial plastic surgeon today. He can provide more in-depth knowledge about the nasal surgery process. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in rhinoplasty, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (212) 750-7100.