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Posted by Dr. Halaas | on June 18, 2013 »

I’m interested in having an alar base reduction this fall, but I have an ethnic nose with thick, oily nasal skin. I am using Differin for acne but I was wondering if the use of Accutane could thin out my skin before surgery for the best results. Would it be more beneficial to start using Accutane before I get a rhinoplasty or should I wait till after?

 

Answer:

Accutane is a very powerful medication and it can slow the healing process. Many surgeons advise waiting for at least six months, sometimes even a year after going off of Accutane to undergo elective surgery. If you want an alar base reduction this fall, I would recommend waiting until after your rhinoplasty to begin Accutane.

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