1 week post op of Rhinoplasty, there is a gap in the right nostril where the stitches were. Is this normal? (photos)
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Alar base wound closure.
Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS, FRCSC, FACS.
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Gap in nostril after alar base narrowing sutures removed
Thanks for your question.
Actually that amount of gapping is not normal. Especially when compared to your left side which looks fine. I would go see your surgeon and see if the placement of an absorbable suture might improve the long term cosmetic outcome. I've seen this happen before and each time I had to go back at one year postop to revise the slightly gapped scar as it seemed more noticeable.
1 week post op of Rhinoplasty, there is a gap in the right nostril where the stitches were. Is this normal?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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Gap in nostrils where stitches were after a rhinoplasty
- You are very smart to bring this up
- You see your surgeon who can freshen the edges and sew them back together
- This will help avoid a wider scar in the future
Based on your photo, you should alert your surgeon about your nostril incision 1 week following rhinoplasty surgery.
Hope this helps you.