What Are my Options for Removing a Nose Piercing Scar?

I pierced my nose on Aug 4th 2012 and after four months of dealing with bumps and inflammation I decided to remove it. The piercing left a scar on my nose that is much larger than any of the other piercing scars I've seen. Also, I think I might have hurt the area around it by cleaing it too much with tea tree oil. Basically, my right nostril is a mess. I was wondering what type of treatment would work in order to make the scar less visible.

Doctor Answers 3

Nose piercing scar correction information

Scar excision and simple closure works well for non-hypertrophic nose piercing scars. 

Nose piercing scar correction information

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Scar excision and simple closure works well for non-hypertrophic nose piercing scars. 

Nose Piercing Scars

Nose piercings rarely leave large scars once removed, though a small scar that looks like a large pore is common.  It sounds like your piercing may have passed through the tip cartilage and subsequently got infected, leaving a larger hole or a misshapen nostril.  Rest assured that such a scar can be improved, though it may require a bit more work to make it look good.  See a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon with experience in nasal cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the best chance of a good opinion.  Good luck!  Minas Constantinides, M.D.

Minas Constantinides, MD
Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Nose Piercing Scars

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Nose piercings rarely leave large scars once removed, though a small scar that looks like a large pore is common.  It sounds like your piercing may have passed through the tip cartilage and subsequently got infected, leaving a larger hole or a misshapen nostril.  Rest assured that such a scar can be improved, though it may require a bit more work to make it look good.  See a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon with experience in nasal cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the best chance of a good opinion.  Good luck!  Minas Constantinides, M.D.

Minas Constantinides, MD
Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon

Piercing

Pictures are a great way to start and a personal appearance with a physical examination is even better. These things can be improved

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Piercing

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Pictures are a great way to start and a personal appearance with a physical examination is even better. These things can be improved

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.