I have a bit of a bolbous tip and I am thinking of correcting it. The this is that when I am sick or otherwhise have low immunosystem I sometimes get herpes ourtbreaks in and around this area. Will cutting and reshaping mabye spread the virus or will possible outbreak complicate the healing?
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Herpetic infection of the skin of the nose can be triggered by nasal surgery.
In selected patients a tip rhinoplasty is a good operation. Trauma to the skin can trigger an herpetic outbreak if that is happen to you in the past. You would be covered by an antiviral prophylactically.
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The nasal tip can likely be refined while managing the other concerns provided there is not an underlying immunodeficiency state. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Tip- Rhinoplasty Possible
While discussing your medical history with your Plastic Surgeon, discuss this herpes concern. He may want to have you start Valtrex or Zovirax prior to surgery, and for a week or more after surgery. This should not affect your Rhinoplasty results.