If you are unsatisfied with your nose – perhaps it is too large or too small – or you have broken it or damaged it in another way, rhinoplasty, also commonly referred to as a nose job, offers a way to greatly improve its appearance. Rhinoplasty can also greatly benefit those who have deviated septums and are having trouble breathing or suffering from problems related to their sinus.

Reducing Scar Tissue After Rhinoplasty

If you are considering rhinoplasty, keep in mind that studies show that cosmetic surgery greatly enhances not only one’s physical appearance but also his or her self esteem, sense of self-worth and quality of life. In fact, over 800 rhinoplasties occur every year in Ontario alone with the overwhelming majority of those patients being both pleased and very glad that they underwent the procedure.

Recovery Time and Postoperative Care:

Most patients do not experience pain after undergoing rhinoplasty – rather, it is more akin to a sense of pressure and discomfort. Taking mild strength pain medication for the first few days after your surgery will alleviate this discomfort. Patients can generally return to their normal activities as soon as two weeks after undergoing rhinoplasty. Of course, it is recommended that patients do not exercise strenuously for six weeks as this can cause delays in the time it takes for swelling to subside.

How Kenalog Shots Reduce Scar Tissue After Rhinoplasty:

Kenalog, also called triamcinolone acetonide, is a type of steroid that come in various strengths. Kenalog shots are very common after rhinoplasty but generally only for the supratip of the nose. They are recommended after rhinoplasty for various reasons, including the fact that they reduce swelling and inflammation as well as further refine the nose and reduce scar tissue.

However, while not every patient needs a kenalog shot, it is particularly ideal for those with thick skin as these individuals typically develop a lot more scar tissue than those with thinner skin. Generally, these shots are not administered until a few months after surgery.

In the event of scar tissue, kenalog shots work by calming the inflammatory response as well as essentially melting away scar tissue. If it is evident that too much scar tissue is developing to the degree that it could influence the patient’s overall results, it is generally recommended that patients take a small dose and then see how the nose responds over a period of two to eight weeks. If necessary, the dose can be increased until the desired results have been achieved.

If you are interested in rhinoplasty, consider Dr. Oakley Smith. He is the only surgeon in Ontario concentrating exclusively in the area of rhinoplasty and is one of the best plastic surgeons in the country. Contact his clinic today for a consultation.

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