Hi Dr. Lam.
I am Asian and had a rhinoplasty including an alarplasty done (overseas) about 7 weeks ago. While I am happy with the overall result, I have some visible redness and scarring from the alarplasty on my left side. The area in the left alar groove starting at the base of the nostril has a small raised scar about 5mm in length. Something more problematic is an indentation about 2mm in diameter at the end of that line scar -- where 2 extra stitches were put in by a junior doctor 5 days post-op because the original set of stiches were not healing properly. Those stiches pulled the surrounding skin downward and so they healed into an indentation.
My questions are:
(1) Are these complications common after alarplasty?
(2) How much will go away naturally over time?
(3) How soon after the surgery should I consider options to reduce the scar and indentation -- does it make sense to visit your office now or wait a few more months?
(4) How would you treat these issues?