1 year post op Rhinoplasty, is this a Zit or Silicone implant infection?

Q: I had a nose job using a I-shaped silicone implant a year ago. Keep in mind, I am very acne-prone and have similar bumps all over the rest of my face. About 1-2 months ago, this bump started forming on my nose (not directly on top of the implant, but rather the side of my nose).Is this a silicone implant infection, or just another zit? It’s been over a month, so I’m getting worried. Also, this appeared about three days after I bumped my nose when the showerhead fell on me.

A: Implants will typically begin to show signs of ulceration and extrusion closer to the midline of the nose, because this is where they are exerting the greatest amount of pressure on the skin.

It would be advisable to see your surgeon in person to better evaluate your nose as to prevent progression of this “pimple” into a larger complication.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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