Can Alar Rim Grafts Be Removed Under Local Anesthetic?

I had a revision tip rhinoplasty to address nostril flare after a nose job in 1995. This involved putting in alar rim grafts. I didn't realise how visible they would be in the nostril and I started become very conscious of them & I also noticed they were visible outside the nose so decided to have them removed. Can these be removed under local anaesthetic ?

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Can Alar Rim Grafts Be Removed Under Local Anesthetic?

Dear Clarebear,

Thank you for your question.  Yes, removing these grafts is fine under local anesthetic.  You should be fine as long as you can tolerate a small injection in this area.

Best Wishes,

Pablo Prichard, MD

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Minor revisions after rhinoplasty under local anesthesia

Removal of rim grafts under local anesthesia is fairly straightforward, but discuss your anesthetic plan with your surgeon as he/she may have other procedures in mind during your revision.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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