Fereydoon S. Mahjouri, M.D., FACS
I have a cleft lip/palate which also affected my nose. My nose on one side is deflated and the other side is larger.
I have a bone graft that builds up my nose so it is not flat. It goes to the tip of the nose. It causes me discomfort and the tip of the bone is apparent thru my skin. I want to have my nose reconstructed and the bone graft taken out. Is it doable to put fillers in the tip to make it look like a nose and to reconstruct the deflated side to match the other side so it will be more symmetrical?
Thank you for describing the details of your cleft lip/nose deformities. Without viewing your photographs it is difficult to suggest the appropriate surgical plan. However, it seems like the protruding bone graft needs to be excised, wait a few months for healing, and then reassess the situation. A cartilage graft harvested from your septum or your ear is a good source to repair/reconstruct the collapsed and asymmetrical part of your nose. This challenging procedure should be performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.
F. Mahjouri, M.D., F.A.C.S.
I had a tummy tuck 10 weeks ago and I feel great. However, around the belly button area my stomach sticks out, almost making me look like I am pregnant. I'm still wearing the band but it doesn't seem to help. I went to the surgeon and he said I was still healing from the surgery. I'm experiencing no pain, however I still look like I'm pregnant. Help!
By this time, you should have gone through the first stage of the healing process. One may wonder if during your abdominoplasty, your abdominal muscles were adequately repaired/approximated or not. This can be tested by a "leg raising test" or getting imaging information in a standing position. I hope this will help you. I am certain your board certified plastic surgeon can make this assessment for you.
F. Mahjouri, M.D., F.A.C.S. www.mahjouricosmeticsurgery.com