Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thick skin and Rhinoplasty

The thickness of the skin is very important when considering rhinoplasty. Thick-skinned patients’ noses can be made smaller, but only so much. Thin-skinned patients’ noses can easily be made smaller, but every little detail of the bony/cartilaginous vault may be seen through the skin. Think of thick nasal skin during rhinoplasty as a comforter wrapped around a statue. You won’t see many of the details and it will look bulky. If you take a sheet (thin skin) and wrap it around a statue, you may see more details. The nasal skin must be considered when performing rhinoplasty and patients must understand the implications of their skin thickness.

Dr. Funk is a facial plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas specializing in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty