Hello and thank you for sharing your concerns. Steroid injection can help soften a scar and is best used when the scar is healing 6 weeks out. However, steroid injections should be used on specific cases. You should seek another consultation with your surgeon if you are having second thoughts. Best of luck!
Hello. I use steroids routinely in my patients of color. I also employ prolonged taping with nasal massage to control tip aesthetics. Please discuss the postoperative protocol in depth with your surgeon.
Steroid Injections to reduce Swelling
In my practice steroid injections are used on a case by case basis. If it is obvious that a patient is experiencing prolonged or significant swelling then I do offer an option of low dose steroid injections. However, these injections are not begun until the patient is at least 6 weeks out from surgery. It has been my experience that patients presenting with thicker, oily skin have a higher incidence of significant post-operative swelling. Even so, only a small number of these patients actually ever needs the injections. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Rhinoplasty and steroid shots
Thank you for your question. As with anything we do, steroid shots have risks and benefits. There's only specific times when steroid shots after Rhinoplasty are indicated, and I would never recommend someone get these prophylactically.
Scaring after African American Rhinoplasty
Steroid injections after an African American rhinoplasty should only be used when indicated. If you develop scar tissue in the nose after the surgery, injections would be warranted. Steroid injections have risks and they should not be used if not clinically indicated. I commonly perform rhinoplasty on African American patients and I very rarely ever inject the nose after surgery for scar tissue. If I would going to inject the nose, I would not use steroids. I prefer to used 5-fluorouracil instead because I believe it has a safer injection profile.I hope this helps.