How Do I Know If I Have Thin or Thick Skin?
One of the simplest ways of determining if you have thick of thin skin on your nose is to look in the mirror and see if the edges of your nasal tip cartilages show through the skin. If you can see the edges then your skin is thinner. If you can’t then it is thicker.
Skin thickness in rhinoplasty surgery is important because it determines how much of the underlying nasal anatomy will be visible after surgery. Thick skinned patients may not see enough of the underlying structure, while thin skinned patients may see more than they were hoping for.
The good news is that the majority of patients who have the appropriate expectations of surgery will be happy with their results. Rhinoplasty specialists will be skilled at both giving their patient a realistic assessment of what can be expected, as well as select the most appropriate techniques for that patient.
Will your skin quality affect your result?
A key part of your discussion with your surgeon while in consultation should be how the quality of your skin might affect your result. A discussion of the limitations that are specific to you is critical.