Painful nostril and deformed alar region. 6 months PO revision rhino, is this exposed cartilage? (Photo)
11 months ago
Internal and external pain still even though no more drainage from bad infection that lasted 4 months around septal alar rim graft. red lump, inflammation still on skin outside of nose and internally rawness. Do I have exposed cartilage and should it be trimmed away? Surgeon too far away, due to see another surgeon close to home. Does trimming exposed cartilage help with pain? This area looked fine before surgery so I'm very upset!
Doctor Answers (2)
It is difficult to diagnose without seeing you,
but it sounds like exposed rim cartilage that usually heals up
eventually. Something to discuss with your doctor is possible having the
graft removed, letting it heal up, then consider having it replaced.
This is a very difficult problem that needs a face-to-face evaluation to advise you.
It isn't clear from the photos if the problem is infection, exposed cartilage, swelling or distortion from nasal tip sutures.
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