Shield tip graft.

I had a shield tip graft installed during open rhinoplasty... it was sutured on... how does the body know to form scar tissue if it was not put into a pocket!??

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Shield tip in rhinoplasty

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Dear bryan1990,

  • Securing the graft with sutures is better than placing it in a pocket
  • It helps prevent rotation of the graft
  • The body will heal it into place


Dr. Nima

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Scar Tissue

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The body doesn't need to have a 'pocket' to produce scar tissue, it just needs an injury or disruption of body tissues.  In open rhinoplasty, the entire nose is the 'pocket', so that is why it is important to secure the grafts with suture. Just like in a closed procedure, your body is locking everything into place with scar tissue. Best of luck! 

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

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