Cartilage graft visibility-revision rhinoplasty
Thanks for your question. It is hard to answer your question without photos. You are still early and would be best advised to wait for the swelling to go down.
Cartilage grafts in revision rhinoplasty
Without seeing your photos it is a litte difficult to answser your question absolutely precisely but I will do my best. It sounds like you probably have fairly thin skin of the nasal dorsum. Cartilage onlay grafts in any individual with thin skin are difficult to camouflage. It sounds like your surgeon had the right idea but if the graft edges are visible after just a couple of weeks, you are likely going to require some minor revisions to the graft as they will become more identifiable as the swelling subsides. In thin skin individuals I tend to wrap the graft in temporalis fascia if I am unable to bevel the edges of the graft so that they flow smoothly into the surrounding nasal tissue.
Swelling after revision rhinoplasty
- At this point, it is difficult to be certain
- It can still be swelling and I would bring this up to your surgeon
- It also depends on your examination
- When you press down on it, does the skin flatten at all? If it does flatten a little, then it is swelling
Cartilage graft and visibility
Some cartilage grafts are more noticeable than others. Without seeing yours in a photo or in person I can not say. Only time will tell at this point.