Thick Skin - Limitations for Revision Rhinoplasty?

dear all, This is my second question over here,as i had a nose job in 2009,i had a crooked nose before the surgery due to accident on my nasal bones,the doctor seemed to grind some sharp corners off my nose but my nose still looks weird,i wanted to ask you how much correction can done on thick and oily skin since i already had a nose done,how much straight my nose can become,and should i have it done from a same surgeon,is there any surgeon who do it for free?

Doctor Answers (6)

Revision rhinoplasty with thick skin

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Without seeing your profile views it is difficult to make an accurate assessment.  Thicker skin does limit how sculpted a nose can become but symmetry should be no more difficult (in fact easier) than in thinner skins


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Thick skin-limitation to surgery?

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Yes, the thickness of your skin has an important impact on the surgical outcome. If your skin is very thin, then every little detail, good or bad, is apparent as the skin can't mask the changes to the underlying structure. So on one hand, there can be excellent definition, but on the other hand, every irregularity is seen. With thicker skin the structural changes underneath can't be well appreciated. Also the thick skin can't redrape well and if the nose has been reduced too much, the skin remains arched over the underlying cartilage causing a poor result.  

Oakley Smith, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision Rhinoplasty

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Your nose can definitely be improved by Revision Rhinoplasty in the hands of a skilled surgeon. Thick skin is not a problem for surgery it is just something that needs to be addressed in the surgical plan. As far as the same surgeon performing your Revision Rhinoplasty, this is a personal choice. I would suggest a few secondary consultations for multiple opinions. I am not aware of very many surgeons who would perform the surgery for no charge except your original surgeon.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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