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’s 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