What Is The Fate Of Dermal Grafts Used in Nasal Implant Removal?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had a nasal implant removed because of an extrusion in skin and was replaced by artificial dermis graft to camouflage the damaged skin in the upper half of my nose while adding diced ear cartilage instead. I’m concerned about the artificial dermis graft that was used specifically for infection or any other complications that may arise from nasal implant removal. Is there any time frame to have free worries about it? Will my skin repair itself and the dermis will disappear within a few months? Thanking you in advance Dr. Eppley for your help

A: Not knowing the exact type of dermal graft, its manufacturer and thickness, I can not provide any specific answer to your questions. But as a general statement most cadaveric or tissue back dermal grafts may eventually be replaced by your own tissue over months to years after nasal implant removal surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana