The Risks of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) - Surgical Risks / ComplicationsA rhinoplasty can have a major positive impact on the appearance of someone's face. Just a slight adjustment of the nose can really complement or enhance other facial features. That's the interesting nature of facial aesthetics, and it's why you need to consult with a skilled facial plastic surgeon in order to achieve the best possible results.

When you meet with your plastic surgeon, you will learn about the risks and benefits of rhinoplasty in detail, allowing you to make an informed decision about all of your needs. Let's take a moment right now to go over the risks of rhinoplasty in basic terms.

What should I know about the risks of rhinoplasty?

Risks are possible with all surgeries whether they are elective in nature or medically necessary. That's why it's important that patients understand both the risks and benefits of any surgery that they will undergo. This provides patients with realistic expectations of care, which in turn allows them to decide if the surgery would be good for them.

Potential Risks of Rhinoplasty

Some of the potential risks of rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Injury to the septum
  • Swelling within the nose
  • Nasal cavity blockages
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergies to anesthetic
  • Poor surgical results

Are these risks common?

Generally speaking, these are all potential risks but they do not occur with every patient. Each person's healing experience is different, and we always strive to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

Is there a way to reduce the chance of complications following rhinoplasty?

Yes. Your cosmetic plastic surgeon will provide you with a list of pre-operative and post-operative instructions that you should follow to the letter. By heeding these instructions, you will be able to ensure the best possible healing results.

It's important that patients keep in contact with their surgeons during the healing period. Should they notice anything that seems wrong or amiss, they should get in contact with their surgeon right away so that the issue can be addressed in a timely manner.

How Plastic Surgeons Address Rhinoplasty Problems

If a patient does experience a complication of some kind after surgery, there are various ways of addressing it. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be used to keep it under control.

For major complications that involve the nose itself, a secondary or corrective rhinoplasty surgery may need to be performed. When possible, the surgeon will use the same incisions as the one used from the primary surgery in order to limit the amount of scarring.

Making the Best Decision for You

We know that rhinoplasty is a major decision and that it should not be taken lightly. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or other facial rejuvenation treatments, it's worth your time to meet with a surgeon and discuss the surgery in detail. By getting information and asking questions, you'll be able to make an empowered decision about your appearance and your treatment options.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty

For more information about rhinoplasty and what you can expect from surgery, be sure to contact our Los Angeles facial plastic surgery center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.