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Ethnic Patients: Should You Be Concerned About Keloids?

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Ethnic Patients: Should You Be Concerned About Keloids?

The ethnic rhinoplasty procedure is a desirable option for people of all different heritages and background. Decades ago, many facial plastic surgeons would treat all patients the same during this operation and they did not alter their surgical technique based on a person’s ethnicity. Today, patients in Orange County can benefit from the expert ethnic rhinoplasty techniques that enhance a person’s appearance without sacrificing their cultural identity. Newport Beach patients achieve natural-looking results from this nose surgery, but there are certain considerations that must be made prior to the operation.

Should Ethnic Patients Be Concerned About Keloids?

Keloid formation is a concern among certain ethnic patients, particularly those who have a dark skin complexion. Keloids are a condition in which the scar tissue from the surgery begins to heal, and subsequently spread further than the actual incision site. This can leave the patient with undesirable scarring after surgical procedures, and it is especially disappointing when this happens after a cosmetic surgery procedure.

People who have keloid-prone skin may feel apprehensive about having a rhinoplasty performed, but it’s important to note that it is very rare to form keloids after this procedure. This is because keloids rarely form on the nose or even on the patient’s face. Keloid formation typically occurs on the shoulders, chest, pelvic region, arm or ear lobe. African American patients are most likely to experience keloid formation, because of the dark pigmentation of their skin. In addition, other ethnic patients who have a dark skin complexion may be at risk for these to develop after certain surgical procedures. However, most patients will not have to worry about keloids forming after the rhinoplasty.

In order to err on the side of caution, an expert nose surgeon will likely use a special technique when performing the rhinoplasty in order to minimize visible scarring after the fact. The surgeon likely will opt to use the closed approach for the rhinoplasty, in which all incisions are made inside the actual nasal structure. This prevents visible scarring and therefore greatly minimizes the risk of developing keloids. A steroid injection also is used after the surgery to help prevent the formation of scar tissue.

Ethnic patients who are interested in improving the appearance of their nose in a natural way that enhances their cultural features should set up a consultation appointment with an expert nose surgeon. During this appointment, they can address their goals and desires for this procedure. In addition, they can discuss any concerns that they might have, including keloid formation. The best surgeons will only perform this procedure on patients who are truly qualified for it. In order to see if the rhinoplasty is right for you, set up a free cosmetic consultation appointment today.

 

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