Why Does Rhinoplasty Leave So Little Scarring?

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in facial cosmetic surgery for over twenty years, I’ve found that post-surgical scarring is among the first questions nearly every patient asks during their consultation. After all, the purpose of plastic surgery is to allow you to regain confidence in your appearance, and if you’re just as self-conscious about your scarring as you were about the original problem, you won’t be able to enjoy the full potential of your results. Cosmetic nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a procedure which, to many patients’ pleasant surprise, leaves very little scarring—or even no visible scarring in some cases. But why is this the case?

Why Does Rhinoplasty Leave So Little ScarringNose surgery is not exactly “minimally invasive.” After all, it often involves making changes to the actual bone structure of the nose. But because of the nose’s shape, its structure can be accessed with relatively small incisions, which is why most patients are left with little if any scarring. It all depends on what your aesthetic goals are, and with rhinoplasty, this can be reshaping a crooked or bumpy nose, changing the angle of the nose’s slope, reforming the tip of the nose (or even adding a nasal implant), resizing the nostrils, or any number of other changes. Most nose surgery patients will have one of two types of procedures:

  • Open Rhinoplasty – The nasal structure is accessed through an incision in the narrow area of tissue separating the two nostrils. This results in a very subtle scar which is only visible to someone looking at your nose from below.
  • Closed Rhinoplasty – Incisions are limited to areas within the nostrils, which means you will have no visible scarring.

How do you know what type of nose surgery you’ll need? Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast ways to know what to expect without a plastic surgery consultation. Your procedure will be designed based on your unique anatomy and the aesthetic vision you’re working toward. Every patient hopes to be a candidate for a closed rhinoplasty with no external scarring, but rest assured that if you do need external incisions, I will make them with your cosmetic goals in mind and conceal them within your natural contours as discreetly as possible.

Whether your aesthetic concerns include a crooked nose, facial aging, fat under your chin, or any number of other issues, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons (including potential scars) as a whole to decide whether a particular surgery is right for you. To get started, schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Or, to learn more about plastic surgery and stay up-to-date on our latest special offers, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.