Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a “nose job,” is not only one of the most…
Rhinoplasty changes the shape of your nose and can help correct deformities or improve function. However, you may wonder about the scars after your procedure. Does rhinoplasty leave a scar? How can you get rid of rhinoplasty scars? These are common questions that most individuals have before they have a rhinoplasty procedure.
In this article, we’ll dive into:
So, let’s get to it. What should you know?
There are two types of rhinoplasty, closed and open. The main difference between these two types is where the incision is made in the nose. We’ll explore the differences in more detail below.
During a closed rhinoplasty, also called endonasal rhinoplasty, the surgeon performs the surgery via the nostrils. This means there are no external incisions made. Frequently, this also means there is no noticeable scarring.
In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made on the external portion of the nose between the nostrils on the columella. Your surgeon then moves the skin out of the way to view the bone and cartilage, which is altered during a rhinoplasty procedure. This type of rhinoplasty is frequently performed when there is extensive work to be done since it allows the surgeon to have a better view of the structures they are working on.
So, does rhinoplasty leave a scar? Open rhinoplasty may cause visible scar tissue at the spot where the incision was made. However, this is on the underside of your nose, which means it won’t be visible to most people. Further and as previously mentioned, closed rhinoplasty scarring won’t be visible unless someone is viewing under and inside nose.
Surgeons, like Dr Shahidi, aim to provide as minimal scar tissue as possible. Many times, the technique called columellar incision is used. This incision creates a ‘V’ shape on the underside of the nose. There is further great care taken when closing the incision, as this will minimise and reduce scarring overall.
Generally, you can prevent visible scar tissue almost entirely by having a closed rhinoplasty procedure. However, depending on how much modification is being performed, this option may not be available to every individual.
So, how can you reduce your scar tissue? What can you do to minimise the scar after rhinoplasty? There are various tips and tricks that you can use to limit the scarring after your procedure. Likely, your surgeon will go over these with you before you are discharged.
After a rhinoplasty procedure, you are given clear instructions on how to clean the area where the incision was made and how to apply antibiotic ointment. It’s important to follow these as closely as you can to avoid the risk of infection, bacteria, or other entities that may interfere with the healing process. We also recommend the use of silicone scar gels.
While you may want to jump back into your regular activities, it’s best to relax for the week following your surgery. Strenuous activities or activities involving the nose, such as blowing your nose, may disrupt healing and should be avoided.
Excess sun exposure may cause your scar tissue to become darker. Thus, for the year after surgery, you should stay mindful of the sun and generally steer clear of it.
Lastly, you’ll want to keep your eye out for any signs of infection, such as redness or pus. If these happen, contact your plastic surgeon immediately.
In many cases, rhinoplasty leaves next-to-no scarring – at least none that is visible. Further, given time, any scarring should effectively and efficiently fade.
The most important piece in preventing and reducing scar tissue from rhinoplasty is ensuring you have your procedure performed by an experienced and trusted surgeon. Over the last 15 years, Dr Shahidi has performed thousands of rhinoplasty and can help you achieve what you’re after. Contact Dr Shahidi and his team today!