Behind the Lines: Exploring Different Types of Scarring in Rhinoplasty and Scar Management Techniques

Scar tissue forms following surgery as a natural defense mechanism to safeguard wounds and provide protection. Think of it as your body’s band-aid!

Unnecessary scar tissue formation after nose surgeries can result in unnatural-looking results, making recovery instructions issued by your plastic surgeon even more essential.


Swelling is an expected part of recovery after any surgery, including nose procedures.

Over the first week, your swelling should decrease and its new shape become clearer. Sleep with your head elevated on pillows during this period to help minimize fluid retention and therefore lessen any potential swelling. This will also help minimize fluid retention which in turn will decrease swelling.

Consuming plenty of water will also be helpful in managing fluid retention, while restricting sodium intake will further help.

After Rhinoplasty surgery, the nasal tip tends to swell more than other areas due to thick skin. Because it takes longer for its contours to conform to their new dimensions, prolonged swelling and bruising may occur initially; however, this effect will eventually pass and your tip will return back to its original form as the swelling dissipates over time. Depending on how extensive changes were made to your nose, all post-Rhinoplasty swelling can take anywhere between three months and one year to fully subside.


After Rhinoplasty surgery, patients often experience post-surgery bruising as part of the body’s natural response to trauma. It typically appears around and under their eyes resulting in black eye appearances which may make patients self-conscious during recovery; fortunately, however, most bruising will gradually subside once swelling decreases.

To reduce the risk of bruising, avoid smoking and medications that interfere with blood flow, such as those containing anticoagulants. It’s also essential to stay hydrated as this helps prevent water retention while increasing circulation for faster healing.

Keep the head elevated whenever possible to reduce swelling and bruising, and use Chlorsig eye ointment on nostrils and incisions – this will keep scabs soft while helping prevent infections from developing. In most cases, by your one-week follow up appointment you should have no signs of bruising remaining; your cast should have been taken off and swelling has diminished substantially.


Some patients (typically those with thick skin) can develop discolored nose bilobed flaps, typically from light brown to black in hue. While this often resolves itself during healing, in rare instances it can remain permanent.

Excessive sun exposure of a newly reshaped nose to the sun can result in permanent discoloration of its skin, but this can be avoided by limiting sun exposure and using sunscreen with SPF 30 protection or greater.

Patients must avoid touching their nose until a plastic surgeon certifies the cartilage and bone are fully healed, as any unnecessary pressure could misalign or disrupt its position, undoing results of surgery. Therefore, it is critical that patients find a plastic surgeon in Mumbai with experience performing rhinoplasties who has earned a reputation among peers for his or her expertise in performing rhinoplasties. Furthermore, avoid smoking cigarettes and any health conditions which might inhibit wound healing which increase complications associated with Rhinoplasty surgery.


Rhinoplasty can alter the size, shape and proportions of your nose as well as treat breathing issues caused by injuries or birth defects.

Undergoing this procedure allows your surgeon to access and expose your nasal bones and cartilage more clearly, with hidden incisions in the nostrils used to lift skin for full exposure of nasal bones and cartilage. Your desired changes can then be accomplished using cartilage from deeper in the nose, rib cartilage or implants to complete this procedure.

Surgeons performing Rhinoplasty surgery often leave behind excess scar tissue that creates an unattractive lumpy appearance or feels rubbery or hard, leading to frustration for some patients. Though it tends to fade with time, excessive scar tissue can still cause issues for some.

Your plastic surgeon can provide guidance if you notice excess scar tissue in your nose area. Steroid injections or revision Rhinoplasty procedures that remove scarring without altering its aesthetic can also help. Furthermore, healthy lifestyle choices like quitting smoking or alcohol consumption and cutting back on strenuous activity may aid healing as well. If excessive scar tissue arises in any form, seek guidance immediately from them for guidance and removal options.