Notched Nostrils Following a Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)

Another problem after a bad nose job rhinoplasty that to me is a telltale sign of bad work is a notched or V-shaped nostril.  The curvature of the nostril rim should form a gentle upside U-shape.  When it has been operated on in the past, it can look like an inverted V shape, which to me is a very obvious sign that a cosmetic rhinoplasty was performed.  To help correct this problem, you can put a graft to lower the nostril rim or I have had success with putting a permanent filler in there like Bellafill(Artefill) filler or silicone to lower the rim to make it look less notched in appearance.


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