Scar revision can safely be done under local anesthesia. I would look for a rhinoplasty expert who has experience with scar revision on the face and nose. Scar revision on the face takes special skill and adequate planning, taking into consideration blood supply, flap orientations, and potential placement of new scars. A good place to start your research for the right surgeon in your area would be to look under the Real Self directory for facial plastic surgeons and general plastic surgeons in your immediate area under the topic scar revision. I would then use the narrowed directory to look at each person's qualifications. The candidates should have Board certification by either the ASPS or ABFPRS.
First, look for a surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic surgeries. You need someone who is adept at scar revision, reconstruction as well as cosmetic rhinoplasty. This is our area of expertise. I don't know anyone in Lakewood off the top of my head. Best wishes.
Thank you for the question. You can find a qualified surgeon by visiting the american society of plastic surgery website and search for plastic surgeon in your area. Generally speaking, scar revisions can be performed under local anesthesia.
It's likely that improvements could be made to your nose, even though your injury was years ago. Photos would help obviously, but see a plastic surgeon to find out what may or may be improved. Assuming the structure (bones and cartilage) is intact, the procedure would most likely only need local anesthesia.
Dear dmarino, First of all sorry for the incident involving a dog bite to your nose. These are very traumatic incidents and unfortunately seen all to often. A consultation and examination would best determine which course of action would best succedd in helping to reduce your scars and alar base. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.
I would suggest that have a
consultation with a plastic surgeon with extensive rhinoplasty experience who
should be board certified by the American Board of American Plastic Surgery and
ideally a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you can find through the "Smart Beauty Guide"
or a facial plastic surgeon (otolaryngologist) that you trust and are
comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, M.D., FACS
La Jolla, California