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Risks of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is generally quite safe with the right physician. However, as with any surgery, rhinoplasty comes with certain risks you may want to be aware of. Fortunately, the primary risks of rhinoplasty are aesthetic in nature. Your physician will discuss the risks of rhinoplasty prior to surgery and address all your questions. Before considering any surgery, a detailed look into the potential risks will prepare you for your doctor visit.

Common risks of rhinoplasty are very similar to the risks of any surgery. There could be complications with anesthesia, infections, pain and bruising. In addition to these risks is the risk of permanent nerve damage inside the nose or difficulty breathing. Although there’s multiple risks as with any surgery, the best rhinoplasty surgeons will make sure you clearly and thoroughly understand them prior to surgery.

The main concern most people have about rhinoplasty, is how noticeable the scarring will be. In most cases, scars are minimal and almost completely hidden. The surgeon makes a very small incision at the base of the nose during an open rhinoplasty. A closed rhinoplasty involves the incision being on the inside of the nose. Both incisions usually heal well and are not noticeable. There are factors though, that could cause the scar to get worse over time and become visible.

There is a possibility that your nose may not meet the specifications you requested. Results are very unpredictable due to the multiple variables in healing time. Also, with various parts of the nose being affected by this procedure, the aesthetic result of this procedure has a lower percentage of being exactly what the patient expected. In these cases, additional revision surgeries may be necessary. However, according to the National Library of Medicine, revision rates are between 5% and 15%.

Selecting a qualified, experienced physician will help to minimize the risk of needing a revision. You will want a physician who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery with extensive experience in rhinoplasty. Board certification and experience are the best place to begin when looking for the right surgeon. In addition, reputation among patients by looking at reviews of cosmetic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty and having consultations could give you a better idea of the bedside manner and post care you’ll receive.

To help further reduce these risks, you can opt for a non surgical nose job. This involves injecting cosmetic fillers underneath the skin. It takes only 15 minutes and has zero downtime. The results are only temporary however, and the fillers dissolve over about a one year period. Although it is a more expensive route to take, non-surgical rhinoplasty will prevent you from being wheeled into an operating room.

Additionally, certain rhinoplasty techniques such as minimally invasive rhinoplasty can help reduce the risks of rhinoplasty.

Being aware and prepared with realistic expectations will help ensure you achieve the captivating profile of your dreams.


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