Zigzag Lines After Dermal Graft Removal

I had a sebaceous cyst in my dermal graft placed over my bridge in a revision rhinoplasty operation. I had a red mark on my nose prior to the cyst, which I was told wouldn't go away unless I had laser. Because of the sebaceous cyst, the surgeon decided it was best to remove the derma graft. I removed the tape last night, and was ready to see a dent where the graft was, but saw indented zig zag-shaped lines instead.

Will these flatten out or can I expect to live with them? The redness is still there, but the surgeon feels it was related to the graft, and will dissipate over time. Is this true? I have lost faith in my surgeon, and was hoping some information provided to me may help ease my concern.

Doctor Answers 3

Healing process takes a long period of time

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It is a good thing to have a dermal graft removed because of formation of a sebaceous cyst. Zigzag lines could be related to the surgery, but the healing process needs to take a long period of time to dissipate the edema and swelling.


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling is difficult to judge early on

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Swelling is difficult to judge early on! Especially on the nose, a little swelling can distort things considerably in the first few months after surgery. Sit tight and relax. Time does heal these wounds!

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Best to wait for swelling and appearance to resolve

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This swelling and abnormal appearance will probably go away and it is too soon to say. Often this will change over the next 3 months. If it is not improving, you should seek a second opinion.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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