Can taking Accutane 5 months after Revision Rhinoplasty surgery cause damage to the nose and bad surgery results?


I had revision Rhinoplasty in November of 2010.  Five months later my nose became asymmetric and protruding.  Can there be any connection between taking Accutane and a bad result from the Rhinoplasty?  My doctor informed me that I could take Accutane safely five months after the surgery.


It is possible that the Accutane could have affected your revisional rhinoplasty, but somewhat unlikely.  Consider writing down what you do not like about your nose and return to your surgeon for a post-operative evaluation.  If they cannot address your concerns, consider a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS.  They are experts in Rhinoplasty surgery. 



Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS


Accutane and Nasal Surgery – In general, one should try and avoid elective surgery and certainly facial resurfacing for at least 6 months after using Accutane and certainly any skin resurfacing for at least a year which includes laser and chemical peel as this can cause significant scarring.

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