Rhinoplasty Scarring – Preemptive Strike
The human body is a wonderful self-healing mechanism, but it’s also a bit of an attention seeker. When the body repairs itself after a trauma such as a surgical procedure, it leaves a scar, almost like a signature to call attention to the excellent healing it has achieved.
Three Questions You’ll Want to Answer
When considering an aesthetic surgeon, you should base your selection on the surgeon’s education, training, experience and proven competence with respect to the specific procedure you are considering.
A veteran surgeon who has performed rhinoplasty surgery over and over again is best equipped to answer these three key questions:
- Which type of rhinoplasty should I choose and why?
- What can I do myself to reduce scarring?
- What medical options are there if I want to reduce scarring even more?
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
There are two techniques for the rhinoplasty procedure, the open technique and the closed technique. An open rhinoplasty is more likely than a closed rhinoplastyto result in visible scarring.
So why would anyone choose it? Good question.
Some surgeons believe this technique simplifies achieving a symmetrical tip. Others say that closed rhinoplasty limits the amount of reshaping possible, because it obscures the surgeon’s view of and access to the nasal cartilage. Despite the likelihood of more scarring, they opt for open rhinoplasty when they are altering the tip of the nose or performing other more complicated nose jobs.
With closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils, eliminating visible scarring.
Two Things You Can Do To Reduce Scarring
There are ways to help reduce this unwanted side effect of rhinoplasty. Let’s start with things you can do yourself:
- Wait and See Scars fade over time. If you think you have an unsightly scar, give it some time to heal.
- Scar TLC Raised scars may be reduced with gentle daily massage. Over time, a gentle manipulation of the area can flatten the scar.
How Your Surgeon Can Help
For some people, a second rhinoplasty, known as revision rhinoplasty, may be necessary to improve the appearance of scarring. Other treatments yoursurgeon may recommend include:
- Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion These treatments can smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of scars.
- Steroid injections Scarring beneath the skin can cause an irregular contour to form along the bridge of the nose. Steroid injections can help reduce the scar tissue.
An Alternative to Surgical Rhinoplasty
The fear of scarring is enough to prevent a few patients from finding out more about rhinoplasty. That’s truly a shame, because as you now know, scarring is rare and generally minimal. Furthermore, the vast majority of the people I treat are thrilled with the results of their surgery, saying it gave them a boost in self-confidence and improvement in their facial proportions.
There are also minimally invasive treatments such as the injection of dermal fillers that can be used to reshape the contours of the nose safely and without surgery. Because no incisions are required, there’s no need for recovery time, and you can enjoy scar-free results almost instantly.
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Meet Dr Marcells
MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons
Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.