How Do You Know if You Have Thick Skin? (photo)

I keep reading about people who say they have thick skin and how it affects rhinoplasty results... but how do you know? What effect does it have on rhinoplasty?

Doctor Answers 6

Thick Skin on the nose?

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Just feel it.  Pinch it.  Feel whats underneath.  If you can't feel much underneath, you have thick skin of the nose.  What this means in terms of your nose job is that the surgeon you pick must have a lot of experience dealing with thick skin and how to make BIG changes under the skin to make a difference in the mirror 6 months later after the swelling has gone done!!  Hope that helps!!

Dr. D

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon

Effect of skin thickness on rhinoplasty

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A rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to tell you if you have thick skin. When patients have thick skin, the refinements made during surgery don't translate as well through that thick skin envelope. As surgeons we are limited with the result we can deliver when skin is thicker. Thin skin challenges us in different ways. Any irregularities that remain or are created in the cartilage or bone of the nose during surgery will translate through the skin and be readily visible. The skin therefore creates some limitations which surgeons need to keep in mind when counseling patients.

Stephen P. Smith, Jr., MD
Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty and Thick Skin #nosejob

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You are correct with what you have heard. Having thicker skin can make
Rhinoplasty surgery very challenging. The only way to know is to find a trusted
board certified surgeon who can give you a proper in office evaluation.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty for thick skin

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When patient's have thick skin it blunts the results of the cartilage sculpting that occurs in the tip. Patients with thick skin tend to take much longer period of time to heal.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Rhinoplasty and Thick Skin

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Skin thickness affects the ability to define the underlying structures. Your skin does no appear to be prohibitively thick.Fat also decreases the refinement that can be achieved.

How Do You Know if You Have Thick Skin?

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Thicker skin limits how much the nose can be refined. If you can see the tip cartilages through the skin, the skin is thin. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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