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How Long Should I Wait to Get Steroid Injection to Dissolve Scar Tissue After Rhinoplasty?

i had open rhynoplasty done 3 months reduce the size of the tip it was too round i was pleased with the results after 2 weeks of my surgey, but after the 4th week my my nose started swelling even more even my doctor noticed she told me this was normal an that I should wait a few more months but the swelling is getting worse and the tip of my nose is hard to the touch. i was wondering if steroid injections would help?is 3 months too soon for that option? my nose looks bigger than before

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Septorhinoplasty: Common Concerns

From what you have described you are developing rounding and fullness along the nasal tip. Concerns for developing a poly beak deformity secondary to scarring in the supratip region exist. Without an image to review any commentary is speculative, but if you developing this form of scarring you will want to have a Kenalog injection (steroid) performed now before things are too late, not too early. You should contact your physician.

Best regards,
James M. Ridgway, MD FACS

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

10047 Main Street
Bellevue, Washington 98004

Steroid injections after rhinoplasty

You should definitely consider a kenalog injection.  First, it can be done safely as early as a month post op.  Second, it works.  Not only does it soften some of the early firmness associated with surgery, but it also prevents the deposition of scar tissue.  Third, it does not induce soft tissue atrophy if used in the correct plane and the correct concentrations.  You will see that most of the physicians who suggest kenalog all mention small amounts, spaced at least 4-6 weeks apart.  Done properly, you will not see soft tissue atrophy.

There are a number of studies that support the use of kenalog, so you don't have to just take our collective word on this.  Some, like an article a few years ago by Pastorek, suggest it's use in almost every rhinoplasty.  So I can assure you that it is safe, effective, and standard of care.  And from what you describe about your experience, it sounds like just the ticket.

Kevin Robertson, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

3205 Glacier Ridge Road
Middleton, WI 53562

Steroid injection after rhinoplasty

Hi Grimesland,

Steroid injection with a low dose of Kenalog-10 may be a perfect treatment for the swelling in the area just above the tip (the supratip region).  Sometimes, scarring can occur here and injections of steroid can help reduce this swelling.  However, swelling after rhinoplasty is VERY common and is usually not cause for alarm.  Discuss this with your facial plastic surgeon and determine if she would consider a steroid injection.  

P. Daniel Ward, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Surgical Specialty Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Steroid Injections in Nose After Rhinoplasty

Hi Grimesland,

3 months after rhinoplasty is not too soon to have a small dose of Kenalog-10 (steroid) injected into swollen areas of the nose.  In fact, many rhinoplasty surgeons have injected open rhinoplasty noses as soon as one to two weeks after surgery.  Enjoy your new nose. 

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

16311 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

Steroids after rhinoplasty

I must admit that on open rhinoplasties especially I will inject very small amounts in the supra tip starting at about 1 month postop.  I find this is needed mostly in patients with thick skin.  I will not reinject for at least 6 weeks after that and only if really needed.  Be patient, some doctors follow this while others don't, it's a very individual thing and I don't do it on every patient.

Steven Schuster, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

1905 Clint Moore Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33496


You did not provide pictures, but what you are describing sounds like supra tip fullness after a rhinoplasty. You may be developing a poly beak deformity.(development of scar tissue)  I would refrain from injecting steroids for fear of skin atrophy. I would wait 6 months and if this had not resolved, you may need a revision.

Jack Peterson, MD
Topeka Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

631 SW Horne Street
Topeka, KS 66606

Steroids for scar tissue formations

Three months would be the earliest I would start steroid injections.  You require a series of injections using low concentrations of steroids to avoid skin irregularities from the steroid injections.

Pradeep K. Sinha, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

980 Johnson Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Scar formation after rhinoplasty

Dear Rhinoplasty patient from Grimesland, NC
It is difficult to render a professional opinion based on your description. I agree with Dr. Ridgway regarding formation of ploy beak deformity. This can occur as result of scar formation at supra tip area. Three months after rhinoplasty, it is reasonable to have Kenalog injection to prevent further hardening of scar. Talking to your surgeon is the best way to have your problem resolved.
Good luck and good healing

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

359 San Miguel Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Steroid injections into nasal tip

I do not like to inject steroids into nasal tips because I think it may cause soft tissue atrophy and other skin issues.  At 3 months there still is a fair amount of swelling and this dissipates gradually over 6-12 months.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

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