I Cut a Piece of my Nose off and Doctor Stitched It Back on and Now Starting to Look Black is It Dead or Can I Save It? (photo)
- Asked by chris44
- 4 months ago
Tissue death and reconstruction after injury
It's impossible to say for sure with only a photograph, but I would guess that the majority of the black tissue will not survive. However, you should be able to get a good long term outcome all the same, although it may require some additional surgeries. If you don't already have it, you need to arrange for follow up in the near future with an appropriately certified (facial) plastic surgeon to examine you create a plan for long term reconstruction.
Black area on nose after piece cut off and stitched back
From your picture, I would say that it is highly unlikely that the black area on your nose will be saved. This does not necessarily mean that the nose will look bad after it heals. I would contact the surgeon who performed your surgery so that you can be closely followed and treated to help give you the best outcome.
Unfortunately, the photo shown implies a poor prognosis of tissue survival. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment and/or application of leaches might be of some benefit depending on when the injury occurred. If this area does slough, there are reconstructive options (multiple stages) which can be utilized.
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Portion of nose cut off and reattached
Unfortunately this portion of tissue is unlikely to live. You will likely need multiple reconstructive procedure to repair this area. If the injury was something you did to yourself, please seek help immediately.
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Nasal Trauma and Repair
When a portion of the nose is completely cut off, it is cut off from all blood supply, and the liklihood that it will live and heal well decreased. So you know if the inside lining of the nose was affected? or if it was just the outer skin? The doctor did the right thing in sewing it back on, but realistically, you will probably need reconstructive surgery at some point. You will have to give it some time, and see what your nose looks like after some more healing. I would suggest close follow up with your surgeon.
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