What You Need To Know About Undergoing Revision Rhinoplasty To Prevent Scar-Tissue Build-Up?
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A common reason many patients undergo revision rhinoplasty in Toronto, is to prevent or treat the build up of scar tissue. Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to rectify residual problems from a primary rhinoplasty.
When it comes to revision rhinoplasty in Toronto, Dr. Solomon is well known as one of the leading facial and rhinoplasty surgeons in the area. With over a decade of experience, treating patients from all genders and ethnic backgrounds, he specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgery.
Although some degree of scar tissue formation following a rhinoplasty is completely normal, when there is significant scar tissue build up, it can be extremely frustrating for patients. Not only since it can alter the look of the nose, but it can also cause functional problems with the airway, leading to breathing difficulties.
Even in cases where a rhinoplasty has gone according to plan and presented no problems, a certain amount of scar tissue will form as the body’s natural response in the healing process. Since each patient has different skin elasticity, thickness and healing capabilities, the extent of scar tissue will vary on a case-to-case basis.
Since scar tissue is formed as the body’s natural response to undergoing surgery, additional procedures will always lead to additional scar tissue formation as well. Therefore, the extent of previous work done will also affect how much scar tissue is formed inside the nose.
Luckily, in cases where there is an excess build up of scar tissue, revision rhinoplasty can be used to correct it. In the procedure, is nose is opened up, and the surgeon cuts through the scar tissue in order to re-sculpt the nose to the original shape that was desired. This process is tricky and requires a highly skilled surgeon, as the removal of too much scar tissue can result in a drooping of the nose as it may lose its structural integrity. Conversely, if not enough scar tissue is removed, the problems will still persist and patient’s goals will remain unmet.
Once the optimal amount of scar tissue has been removed, cartilage may need to be harvested from elsewhere to sculpt the nose to its final shape. In these cases, cartilage is typically taken from behind the ear.
Since some degree of scar tissue formation is natural and expected, there are steps patients can take to prevent excessive build-up. At Dr. Solomon’s Nasal and Facial Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, he provides all Toronto revision rhinoplasty patients with detailed post-operative instructions that will help prevent the build up of scar tissue.
A common recommendation is to avoid sun exposure during the healing process and use a sunblock with a very high SPF when outdoors. Using cold compresses, as well as nasal tape can also reduce post-operative swelling, which in turn reduces prolonged inflammation leading to scarring.
When planning your surgery, it is helpful to know that Dr. Solomon is one of the best surgeons in the area, specializing in revision rhinoplasty.
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