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?

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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

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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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