Many patients interested in rhinoplasty surgery wish to have the results of a previous rhinoplasty corrected. A common correction requested by Asian patients is to have a more culturally authentic nose created in place of a westernized nose. This occurs because Caucasians have structurally different noses than Asians and doctors who do not understand or have the knowledge of these subtle differences may overshape a nose. The challenge in revision Asian rhinoplasty is to create a nose that is true to the ethnicity of the patient and looks natural on the patient’s face, all while circumnavigating the remnants of the previous surgery.
Scar Tissue – What It Is
This tissue forms where an injury exists; everyone has a scar somewhere on their body from an accident or surgery. After the skin is injured, special cells called fibroblasts bring collagen and other proteins together to repair the skin and restore its function. Scar tissue is noticeably redder, shinier, and/or thicker than the surrounding skin. Interestingly, those in the medical field don’t fully understand why scar tissue formation varies amongst individuals. They do know that the extent of scarring depends on a number of influences, including your genes, age, skin elasticity and pigmentation, and the size and depth of the injury.
Why Scar Tissue Is a Problem
Scar tissue can pose an especially difficult obstacle to surgeons, depending on how much there is and where it is located. Because it is meant to hold the skin together while it heals and keep it together after an injury, scar tissue is much tougher and less elastic than the surrounding skin. This is particularly true for Asian patients, who have naturally thicker skin than patients of other ethnicities.
In a small confined space, such as the inside of the nose, this can be problematic. The surgeon has to be able to move the skin inside and outside the nose in order to shape it according to the patient’s desired results. If the previous rhinoplasty was performed especially poorly, there may be a great deal of scarring. Excessive scar tissue has the potential to bend or buckle over time, causing a distortion of the underlying cartilage or contouring of the nasal tip.
Get It Right the First Time
Obstacles like scar tissue demonstrate why it is so important to get your rhinoplasty procedure done correctly the first time. For Asian patients, a doctor who specializes in Asian rhinoplasty and is board-certified is the best choice. Scheduling a consultation with the doctor is the time to ask all kinds of questions, get clarification on the surgery itself, and make absolutely certain that the doctor understands what results you’re looking for.
Get It Right the Second Time
For those patients who need to have their original rhinoplasty fixed or didn’t get the nose they were hoping for the first time around, these same rules apply. Do your research. Find a doctor who specializes in revision rhinoplasty, has the training and knowledge to work around obstacles left by the previous surgery, and will be able to give you the nose you want. If you are an Asian patient looking to have a revision rhinoplasty, a doctor who can perform not only Asian rhinoplasty but also revision Asian rhinoplasty is a must. If your previous rhinoplasty resulted in a westernized nose and you’d like to have a more culturally authentic nose, a doctor who understands what differentiates a Caucasian nose from an Asian nose will be especially important.
Meet Dr. Paul Nassif
Dr. Nassif is an internationally recognized plastic surgeon who specializes in facial reconstructive surgery. He is especially well-known for his work in revision and ethnic rhinoplasty. Dr. Nassif is able to use his skills as a surgeon and an artist to create a nose that looks natural, blends in with the proportions of the patient’s face, and that is both aesthetic and functional. As a specialist in facial surgery, Dr. Nassif is able to perform rhinoplasties that are minimally invasive and have little to no scarring, something that is particularly important to those patients looking for a revision rhinoplasty surgeon.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Nassif’s private practice, the Spalding Drive Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology office, is located in Beverly Hills, CA. If you are interested in finding out more about Asian rhinoplasty or revision Asian rhinoplasty, contact us at (310) 275-2467 to schedule a consultation. You can meet with the doctor in person or, if you live out of town, over Skype. During your appointment, Dr. Nassif will explain the procedure from the pre-surgery preparation to the post-surgery recovery. He will be able to answer all your questions, alleviate your concerns, and help you determine the best course of action to get you the results you want. Call our office to schedule your initial consultation today!