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Understanding Kenalog

Updated: Jun 26

man with beard administering a post-rhinoplasty treatment to a female patient

What is Kenalog?

Kenalog, scientifically known as triamcinolone acetonide, is a type of steroid commonly used in post-rhinoplasty treatments to manage swelling and reduce the formation of scar tissue, particularly in the supratip area of the nose.

Are Kenalog's Generally Safe?

This treatment is particularly beneficial for patients prone to excessive swelling or scar tissue development [oai_citation:1,Kenalog Injections and Rhinoplasty | Dr. Shah]( The safety and effectiveness of Kenalog injections post-rhinoplasty are generally well-regarded, with many specialists recommending their use to refine the nose's shape and alleviate issues related to thick scar formation, which is more common in patients with thicker skin. These injections help to modulate the inflammatory response and promote a more desirable healing process by minimizing unsightly scar tissue that can affect the nose's appearance [oai_citation:2,How Kenalog Shots Reduce Scar Tissue After Rhinoplasty | Dr. Oakley Smith]( [oai_citation:3,Rhinoplasty Steroid Injections | Dr. Hilinski](

However, the timing of these injections is crucial. Many surgeons prefer to administer Kenalog injections a few months after surgery—typically not before three to four months. This delay allows for the initial natural healing and subsiding of any immediate post-operative swelling. Injecting too early could disrupt the beneficial scar tissue that helps maintain the nose's structure [oai_citation:4,Steroid Injections After Rhinoplasty in New York City NYC Manhattan]( [oai_citation:5,Rhinoplasty Steroid Injections | Dr. Hilinski](

While Kenalog injections are seen as a safe intervention, they are not without risks. Possible side effects can include skin thinning at the injection site, hypopigmentation, and, rarely, tissue loss. Nonetheless, for many patients, the benefits of reducing excessive scar tissue and improving nasal contour outweigh these risks [oai_citation:6,Steroid Injections After Rhinoplasty in New York City NYC Manhattan](

Given these factors, it's important for patients to discuss the potential benefits and risks with their surgeon, who can tailor the treatment to their specific post-operative recovery needs and aesthetic goals.

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