Question: I’ve been told that I have thin skin and this would negatively impact any revision rhinoplasty procedure I undergo. What is the concern of thin skin and what precautions if any will be taken to address this?
Answer: Skin thickness and the skin’s soft tissue are one of the most important things which can determine the result of a rhinoplasty. With very, very thin skin, the underlying cartilage and tissues show through very easily and any sharp edges or asymmetry are very, very visible. In the revision rhinoplasty procedure, this may be a concern depending on what needs to be done. Additional tissue may need to be brought into the nose. Also, suture techniques may be needed and these techniques can be difficult to achieve if the skin is very, very thin. The surgeon uses a variety of techniques to take this into account and attain the best result possible.