Question : I have heard that good plastic surgeons can do wonders. I have a thick nose. The nostrils are very wide, the skin on the nostrils is thick and I have a wide bridge. Can rhinoplasty correct these defects without scar tissue forming?
Answer : Rhinoplasty can do a lot for the nose. Working with thick skin, you have to know how to manage the skin so that it can be reshaped appropriately. There are techniques to change the size of the nostrils to thin the nose and do many different things. However, it is very important to make sure that the patient understands that any incision will leave a scar. The goal of the facial plastic surgeon is to make sure that the scar is as minimal and inconspicuous as possible. However, again, it is very important to realize that any incision will leave a scar. This has to be carefully placed. The patient is to understand that a scar will form. Sometimes these scars can also be thicker than it would be hoped for based on the way that the patient heals. Some of these factors are beyond the control of the rhinoplasty surgeon.