hi its been a week sincee my revision rhinoplasty using a rib cartlidge strut. ive noticed where the internal stiches are that i can see something white. i think its the strut and that the incision hasnt healed or been closed properly. is this a issue? willi get an infection.
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If you are looking up inside your nose and you see something that concerns you after your Revision Rhinoplasty, you should IMHO call and see your Rhinoplasty ASAP.
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Cartilage grafts in revision rhinoplasty
Although it is almost impossible to tell what you are seeing through the incision, it is quite possible that you are seeing the rib cartilage graft that was placed as a columellar strut. This could be due to small breakdown in the incision closure or incomplete closure, and is more common with the placement of a fairly large strut. While there is no reason for panic (since most of these exposed areas would mucosalize and heal by themselves), you should let your doctor know about this and come in for an evaluation.
This is something you should call and see your surgeon about. You should not be seeking advice on the internet for something you consider to need "emergency help". Your doctor can't help you if you are making posts instead of calling him or her.
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By what your describing, it is possible that you have exposed cartilage. Without an exam I could not be sure. You should probably contact your surgeon to be evaluated.
Seeing white at incision line
You should call your surgeon to have what you're seeing checked out. It's hard to tell what's going on without examining your nose. You're right that having exposed cartilage would put you at risk to infection.
Web reference: http://www.drlamperti.com/facial-plastic-surgery/rhinoplasty
You should contact your surgeon and communicate what you are seeing. (S)he will likely have you come to the office for further evaluation.
Web reference: http://www.beverlyhillsfacialplastic.com
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