Can I Have a Rhinoplasty if I Have Large Pores on my Nose?

Can I have a rhinoplasty if I have large pores on my nose? I have heard that large pores can effect the result of the surgery and some surgeons don't even recommend the surgery if you have big pores..

Doctor Answers 9

Rhinoplasty is possible despite the large pores in your nasal skin

Rhinoplasty is possible despite the large pores in your nasal skin. I have not come across this concern before. If your large pores result from rhinophyma the treatment is aimed at your nasal skin rather than the structure underneath your nasal skin. If what you're describing is simply porous nasal skin this should not deter an experienced surgeon. From a cosmetic perspective, thick, heavy porous nasal skin can limit the cosmetic result that can be expected because all of the reshaping and refining that's performed underneath the skin is camouflaged by the very thick skin on top of that structure. To get an answer specific to your concerns, you would need an in office consultation with a plastic surgeon specializing in nasal surgery.

Thank you for your question.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Skin Thickness and Rhinoplasty

Large pores are usually seen in people with thicker skin. Having large pores is not a contraindication to surgery in and of itself. However, the thickness of your skin can affect the results of your procedure and an experienced Rhinoplasty surgeon will vary his technique based upon the thickness of the skin.

Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Large Pores and Rhinoplasty

Large pores should not hinder your Rhinoplasty procedure. Large pores can be indicative of thicker skin, which may, in some patients limit your end result. There are topical and clinical treatments that can be used in conjunction with your rhinoplasty procedure to reduce the appearance of large pores and help you achieve your desired end result. It is always best to come in for a consultation to address your aesthetic concerns.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Large skin pores and Rhinoplasty

The size of skin pores does not have a significant effect on rhinoplasty. The skin thickness and fat below the skin may influence the final result in a Rhinoplasty.

Jay M. Pensler, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty is possible in patient with large "pores".

There is no contraindication to a rhinoplasty with a patient that has large "pores".  The probable results of the procedure need to understood since the thick skin you refer to affects the final outcome.  Video imaging would be useful at the time of consulation.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Rhinoplasty skin changes

Large pores should not by themselves deter you from undergoing rhinoplasty. The changes made with rhinoplasty are focused on the structure deep to the skin (such as the bone and cartilage).

Many people with large pores do have thicker skin than average, and it is important to understand that swelling may persist longer than average. There are many topical treatments such as (retinoic acid) that can help reduce the size of pores, and these may be of benefit before or after your surgery.

Best wishes,

Dr. Jamil Asaria

FACE Cosmetic Surgery, Toronto, Canada

Jamil Asaria, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty in Patient with Large Skin Pores

Large skin pores will not impact your rhinoplasty result unless you have thick skin which can affect  the length of healing and the final result. It is common to have skin irritation and eruptions after a rhinoplasty, so we have patients like you see our aesthetician in the office before surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Skin Pore Size and Rhinoplasty

The size of your skin pores has no adverse effect on having a rhinoplasty. That is a concern I have never heard before nor would it make any biologic sense. Large pores suggest that one's skin is thicker, however, and this will affect how refined the results of a rhinoplasty will appear and how much and long swelling may persist after surgery.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Rhinoplasty and Large Pores of the nose

You are perfectly fine to have a rhinoplasty, even if you have large pores of the skin of the nose. The pores are not likely to get smaller as a result of the rhinoplasty and occasionally may become more noticeable as the skin heals. There are other options, such as laser resurfacing for reducing nasal skin pore size. However, the rhinoplasty will improve the shape of your nose. 

Ramin Behmand, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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