Many of my Houston rhinoplasty patients are ethnic rhinoplasty patients and have darker pigmented skin and are concerned about the appearance of scars after rhinoplasty. The majority of rhinoplasty that I perform is an open approach rhinoplasty which will leave a small scar in between the nostrils under the nose. This scar is almost completely imperceptible, even when lifting up the chin and I rarely have a patient complain about it.
Those ethnic rhinoplasty patients who have wide nostrils, flared nostrils, or a wide nasal base may require reduction in nostril size or alar base reduction. These incisions are inside the nostrils sill and a the nostril cheek/lip junction. These scars may take a little longer to heal after rhinoplasty but eventually settle nicely in a shaded region of the nose and within these creases. Patients can cover the scars with makeup two weeks after rhinoplasty and by 3-6 months, those scars should be fairly well hidden even without makeup.
Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, TX.