Jan 22

Patient wrote asking how long after accutane do you have to wait to have Revision Rhinoplasty including Alar Base Reduction?


As most of you are aware by now, accutane can be quite abrasive to the skin. What some may not be aware of, is how damaging rhinoplasty can be to the skin envelope when not done by an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. Sadly, we are very often presented with patients who in their previous surgery had either a hole made through the skin or because the surgeon was in an improper plane, massive amounts of scar tissue was created after surgery.

Luckily, in the majority of revision rhinoplasty cases the skin envelope is healthy and viable, allowing us to correct any other issues. As such, this particular question partially has to be made on a case by case basis. For those people wanting primary rhinoplasty (first time nose job) or in whom the previous rhinoplasty did not injure the skin envelope, waiting a month to 6 weeks after finishing accutane is likely enough time to proceed. If there is lots of scar tissue or other skin damage, the question has to be answered based on the extent of the problem. It may be wiser in those cases to either wait 3-6 months, or in the rare case it may be advisable not to operate ever because the risks would not outweigh the benefits.

The only further caveat is to make sure you see someone who does lots of revision rhinoplasty. This is particularly important in complicated cases like this so that you can feel safe in the knowledge your surgeon has the experience to make an honest appraisal.

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