How Does Thick Skin Affect Rhinoplasty?

Post Date: 10/8/2021

How Does Thick Skin Affect Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty has been one of the most popular surgery operations all over the world for many years. Success in rhinoplasty surgery depends on many factors. For this reason, the surgical process should be planned appropriately for each patient.

How Is a Thick Skinned Nose?

You can tell on your own whether your nose skin is thick or thin. Thick-skinned noses have the following characteristics:

  • Oily nose skin,
  • Meaty nose tip,
  • Wider nose wings than normal, 
  • Porous nose and nose tip.

Thick Skinned Rhinoplasty

The skin on the tip of the nose is thicker than the skin on the back of the nose since it contains much more sweat and oil glands. The thickness of the nasal tip skin significantly affects rhinoplasty. Thick-skinned and oily noses are known as the most difficult nose types to work on.

Skin thickness is perhaps the most influential factor in the outcome of rhinoplasty surgery. It is a little more difficult to perform rhinoplasty surgery on thick and oily skin noses than on thin-skinned noses.

The shaping done in thick-skinned noses is not as obvious as in thin-skinned noses since this type of nose cannot reflect sharp lines and angles well. To prevent this, cartilage and bones are shaped at higher and sharper angles during the surgery. The nose tip is positioned higher than normal in thick-skinned noses as there is a risk of the tip of the nose falling after the surgery. In addition, the tip of the nose is supported by additional pieces of cartilage, making it more rigid so that it is more resistant to post-operative pressure. In thick-skinned nose types, it may sometimes be necessary to thin the nose skin by reducing it from the inside.

While the healing process progresses faster and smoothly in patients with thin nose skin, this process is more difficult for patients with thick skin noses. The sooner the skin wraps around the newly formed nasal skeleton after the surgery, the faster the healing process is completed. This period takes longer in patients with thick-skinned noses.

However, we cannot say that thick-skinned noses do not have some advantages. The thick nasal skin perfectly hides the surgical roughness. We can see the final results of the surgery only at the end of this period since the post-operative edema problem in this type of nose lasts for 2-2.5 years. No matter how tiring this situation is for the patients, it becomes advantageous at the end of the day as the thick nasal skin does not become thinner in the long run and is more resistant than the thin nasal skin. If you consider having rhinoplasty surgery, contact us right away to get a free consultancy service from Prof. Dr. Selçuk İnanlı