Will infection around nasal incision lead to extra scarring or deformity later? (photos)

Open rhinoplasty. Developed redness and irritation inside the right nostril ~5 days po. After splints were removed (day 7), Dr agreed that it looked more swollen than typical. Waited a few days to see if removing splints would help. It didn't, and the left side became inflamed as well. The right side keeps getting worse. Dr. prescribed Mupirocin 2% ointment. My question is whether this type of inflammation (note the asymmetry and texture) can lead to additional scarring or deform the result?

Doctor Answers 1

Infection around nasal incision

Thank you for your question.  You must address this concern with your primary surgeon immediately as there may be an underlying bacterial infection requiring a course of oral antibiotics.  I agree with the topical Mupirocen ointment.  An untreated bacterial infection can lead to a severe deformity.  I hope you find this information helpful.  Best wishes in your recovery!


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