When you think about the dynamics of your facial features, you'd be surprised just how much difference a minor adjustment can make. That's why rhinoplasty has proven to be such a dramatic procedure to perform. Simply by making subtle changes to the bridge of the nose, you can alter the complete appearance of your face.
Many patients have questions about scarring after they undergo rhinoplasty. We'd like to take just a few moments right now to go over the basics of rhinoplasty scarring and what you need to know.
It's probably best to cover some of the basics of rhinoplasty first before we discuss surgical scarring. Also known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a procedure in which the shape and size of the nose is surgically altered in order to add prominence to other facial features and improve overall facial aesthetics.
Is there scarring after rhinoplasty?
As any facial plastic surgeon will tell you, scarring is a natural part of surgery. It is your body's natural response to trauma, so it will occur after you undergo an elective procedure or a medically necessary one.
Now with that in mind, we do want to point out that the scars that result from rhinoplasty are generally small and/or well-hidden, and that they are hard to notice so long as patients heal properly and without complications.
Incisions Made During Rhinoplasty Surgery
The scars that you will experience after you undergo the nose job will depend on the rhinoplasty surgical method that is used. There are two options:
- Closed Rhinoplasty – The incisions during closed rhinoplasty are made entirely within the nostrils.
- Open Rhinoplasty – During an open rhinoplasty, an external incision is made on the skin between the nostrils (the columella) through which the surgeon will make his or her adjustments.
The incision method that a surgeon uses will ultimately depend on your aesthetic goals. Open rhinoplasty allows for greater adjustment of the overall structure of the nose, whereas closed rhinoplasty tends to be limited by comparison in the amount of structural adjustment that can be made.
Avoiding Major Scarring After Rhinoplasty
Regardless what kind of rhinoplasty is performed, there are a number of things that a patient can do to ensure proper healing and as little scarring as possible. It's imperative that patients follow their surgeon's instructions for post-operative care to the letter. These instructions help ensure the most efficient healing and quickest recovery time.
If patients notice any undue pain or discomfort, they should contact their surgeon immediately to ensure that they get the care that they need as soon as possible.
Other Concerns Regarding Rhinoplasty
In addition to scarring, many patients have questions about ethnic rhinoplasty for adjusting the prominence of the nose and revision rhinoplasty to correct complications from a previous surgery. We will be more than happy to discuss all of these matters in full detail when you stop by the practice for a consultation.
Learn More About Rhinoplasty
For more information about nose job surgery and your many options for facial rejuvenation and aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our Los Angeles rhinoplasty / facial plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible cosmetic results.