There are many factors that contribute to a successful rhinoplasty. An experienced surgeon will have worked with a wide range of nose and skin types, and can typically produce excellent results for most patients. Unfortunately, some nasal features can affect the final result negatively. Nasal skin quality is a key factor in the approach and outcome of a rhinoplasty, and neither overly thin nor overly thick skin is ideal. Here are some factors that could influence your skin quality:
As skin ages, it loses elasticity and may thin or thicken. Nasal skin is typically thicker on older patients, and may be more prone to scarring.
Certain ethnicities tend to have different skin thicknesses, structures, and common issues. Some surgeons specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty, and most rhinoplasty specialists are highly skilled at working with all skin types.
Prior trauma or a previous rhinoplasty can have a huge impact on skin quality because of scarring. Scarring thickens the tissue and makes it more difficult for the skin to drape naturally over the structure of the nose.
What You Can Do
Skin quality is so important because it can be difficult to predict how it will behave during the recovery period and beyond. Because of this, it’s important to select an experienced surgeon with a great deal of experience operating on noses of all shapes, sizes, and skin types. Choose a surgeon you’re comfortable with who customizes his or her approach to you, your needs, and your nose.
For more information and to discuss your candidacy for rhinoplasty, contact rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Massachusetts. Dr. Bentkover has many years of experience performing rhinoplasties and provides skilled, compassionate care to his patients.