Thick or thin nose skin? (photos)
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Thin or Thick Nose Skin?
Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Locations
Thickness of the skin
I can't estimate from the photo the thickness of your skin. It would be better to determine the thickness of the skin in the office with an assessment in person.
Having said that, based on your photos, I do think you can thin and reduce the nasal bridge and get a good result.
I recommend you consult a rhinoplasty surgeon.
Nasal skin thickness
In general, men have thicker skin than women. So, assuming you are male and of Asian ethnicity, I would say you have medium thickness skin. Thank you for the question.
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Thick or thin nose skin?
Keep in mind that following advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do based on limited two dimensional photos without examining you, physically feeling your tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history and discussing the pros and cons of the operative procedure would not be in your best surgery. Natural appearing results need to be individualized and what is appropriate for one patient is not necessarily the best for someone else. I would suggest that you find a surgeon certified by the American Board of American Plastic Surgery and one who is ideally a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or 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
Thick or Thin skin and how it affects rhinoplasty
Thin skin is prone to visible edges of cartilage and grafts. Scar can shrink wrap and pinch the nose over time.
Thick skin needs to be stretched to create definition. Swelling can be significant and last longer.
At your consultation, your rhinoplasty specialist should take photographs and examine the skin on your nose. Based on the thickness and other characteristics of your nose, they can discuss with you the potential techniques and the expected course of healing for a safe and happy outcome.
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