Will scar tissue be an issue after Rhinoplasty?
This is a common question that many patients have concerns about, and it’s perfectly normal to be concerned about this issue.
After all, when you are having surgery performed on your nose this is one of the most prominent features on your face.
The last thing you want is to have a disfiguring scar on your nose when the entire reason for having a nose job is to make yourself look better.
The good news is that major scarring following Rhinoplasty surgery in our Plano office, or anywhere, is very rare. If it wasn’t very rare then you would probably notice a lot more people walking around with scars now wouldn’t you? Or, if scarring was that big of a problem Rhinoplasty surgery would likely be something performed very rarely, which also isn’t the case.
The point here is that if you are thinking of having a nose job, you shouldn’t have to be too concerned about having issues with scarring.
What Causes Scars In The First Place?
Scars form whenever there are deep wounds on the skin, which is definitely something that is going to happen when you have a nose job. Scars are a result of new collagen forming following an injury, which will then turn into scar tissue. Scar tissue is basically your body’s way of repairing the damage. The tissue won’t look the same as your other skin, and it will have a different texture as well.
What Is Open Rhinoplasty Surgery And What Types Of Scarring Problems Might Arise?
Open Rhinoplasty surgery involves making incisions within the nostrils as well as in the flesh between the nostrils in tissue that is called the Columella.
The main advantage of this type of surgery is that it allows the surgeon greater access to the bone and cartilage that they need to alter in order to change the shape of your nose.
With greater access and freedom of movement, a surgeon using the open technique for Rhinoplasty surgery will often be able to attain superior results in terms of how they are able to shape and sculpt a patient’s nose.
The downside to the open Rhinoplasty technique is that it does carry a risk of greater scarring than the closed technique. Since there are external incisions that are made these incisions will scar when they heal, the extent of the scarring is going to vary from patient to patient. Factors that influence how much scarring that will appear include the natural tendencies of the patient, as well as the skill of the surgeon.
A skilled plastic surgeon should be able to use the open technique to get superior results while also minimizing the appearance of scars. If this is an option that you are considering, make sure that you ask to see examples of your surgeon’s prior work so that you can verify for yourself that they are proficient in using this technique.
What Is Closed Rhinoplasty Surgery And What Types Of Scarring Problems Might Arise?
The biggest advantage of the closed Rhinoplasty technique is that all of the incisions that are made are done so internally, hence the name closed technique.
Since the incisions are all made within the nostrils any scarring will be hidden. While this is a major advantage, this approach has limitations in that it is more difficult for a surgeon to be able to make changes since they are constrained and must work only within the nostrils.
If you are considering having a nose job performed using the closed technique, then you need to make sure that you choose a surgeon that has experience in using this method.
Recovery time and scarring are usually less of an issue with the closed technique, but problems can arise when an inexperienced surgeon attempts to make major changes using this method.
With that being said, if you are interested in a nose job and only want minor changes made, then the closed technique is a great option that minimizes the risk of scarring.
What Are Your Options If Your Nose Ends Up With Heavy Scarring?
While it is rare, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes despite the best effort of your surgeon you will end up with noticeable and excessive scarring. If this happens to you does that mean that you simply have to live with the results? Fortunately, you do not. There are treatment options available that can reduce scarring, and if excessive scarring is an issue for you then your surgeon will likely be able to help you.
The first treatment option that is usually recommended is a series of cortisone injections. Cortisone is a steroid that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
When injected into scar tissue over a period of time it can reduce the amount of visible scarring and improve the appearance of the area in question. The main advantages of cortisone injections are that they are an inexpensive and minimally invasive treatment option with few side effect concerns.
Should cortisone injections prove to be insufficient when treating your Rhinoplasty scarring laser removal may be considered. Laser removal can greatly reduce a scar and improve its appearance. It is a more extensive procedure than simple injections, but when you are trying to improve your appearance it is often worth it.
The final option and one that should only be performed when all other options have failed is to surgically excise the scar. As the name implies this a surgical approach, and it involves removing the scar tissue then suturing the area in an attempt to promote a better healing process.
While excising scar tissue is an invasive procedure that carries some risks, if you have noticeable scarring that has not responded to other treatment methods you may want to seriously consider additional minor surgery to treat it.
Major Scarring Following A Nose Job Is Very Rare And Shouldn’t Stop You From Having The Procedure Done
There are risks involved in Rhinoplasty, there are ricks involved in life. Every time you get in your car to drive to work there’s a risk of an accident. Does that stop you from driving? Of course, it doesn’t. Is there a risk that you will end up with significant scarring following a nose job? Yes, there is, but the risk is minimal and it shouldn’t keep you from having a procedure done when you want to improve the appearance of your nose.