Can Asians with thick nasal skin undergo effective tip refinement surgery?

Apparently thick nasal skin pretty much disqualifies someone from rhinoplasty, in that the thick nasal skin will totally hide the improvements made to the cartilage, and that thick-skinned noses are very prone to post-op development of scar tissue, making the nose worse than before. Do I then abandon all thoughts of nasal tip refinement? :( Thank you.

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Asian Rhinoplasty for thick skin

As you have noted, the thickness of your skin will limit the amount of refinement that is possible with the tip of your nose during rhinoplasty.  The challenge with thick skin is that even if definition is created to the nose and cartilage underneath the skin, these changes will not show through the skin.  In these cases additional support and structure is necessary to create definition in the tip of the nose.  Using grafts made from your own cartilage will be the best approach for a natural-appearing, lasting result.  

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Thick skin in Asian rhinoplasty

Skin thickness does impact rhinoplasty but having thick skin does not preclude one from having rhinoplasty. You may benefit from an in person consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in Asian rhinoplasty.

Suzanne Kim Doud Galli, MD, PhD, FACS
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