Strategies for a low-risk rhinoplasty

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While all cosmetic surgeries carry their own unique risks, they’re never high on anyone’s list of popular topics to discuss. It’s important to understand the risks associated with a surgery like rhinoplasty, however. You can lower your chances for post-operative complications just by making yourself aware of them and gaining an understanding of how they can occur. Since there’s no such thing as a completely risk-free procedure, educate yourself to be familiar with the problems you could face after rhinoplasty. Not only will you be prepared, but you’ll set yourself up for a very low-risk nasal surgery.

THE RISK: GENERAL ANESTHESIA

Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia in order to provide the most comfort for the patient and the best conditions for the surgeon. For some patients, however, the use of general anesthesia could pose a higher risk of complications. In order to properly assess your individual risk, your facial plastic surgeon must be aware of your medical history, all current medications, all current vitamins and supplements, your past surgical experiences, and any family history of bad reactions to general anesthesia. You may also be asked about your use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as they can react with anesthetics.

For a rhinoplasty with a low risk of anesthesia complications, the best strategy is to be open and honest with your facial plastic surgeon about your lifestyle habits and medical history. If your surgeon has concerns about your ability to tolerate general anesthetics, he or she can take measures to ensure your health and safety during your rhinoplasty. Be prepared to fully disclose your personal information during your rhinoplasty consultation for the lowest risks.

THE RISK: AN INFECTION

Infection is, unfortunately, a risk that accompanies any surgical procedure. Infections occur when bacteria found on the surface of the skin is transferred into the body via an incision. During a rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils and/or on the underside of the skin between the nostrils. When you’re a rhinoplasty patient, there’s not much you can do to control the steps taken during your surgery or the conditions of the operating room.

By choosing a credentialed surgeon who is trained and able to provide sterile conditions for surgery, you can minimise your chances of an infection. To become comfortable with your facial plastic surgeon’s practices to ward off infection, it’s best to discuss your concerns during your rhinoplasty consultation. Common strategies for preventing infection may include:

  • Administering a dose of antibiotics to the patient prior to surgery
  • Antibacterial cleaning of the surgical area
  • Surgical gloves and clothing worn by all surgical personnel inside the operating room
  • Sterilised surgical instruments

By ensuring that your facial plastic surgeon adheres to these strategies for the prevention of infection, you’re cutting your risk factors significantly.

THE RISK: CHANGES IN YOUR BREATHING

Rhinoplasty surgery can be performed for the express purpose of changing your breathing for the better. Patients with a deviated septum or constricted nasal passageways might opt for a procedure like this, sometimes for their own comfort but often for medical reasons. Breathing well is essential to your health and well-being, after all. In these instances, a change (for the better) in your breathing after rhinoplasty is a very good thing.

If you’re having your surgery for cosmetic reasons only, however, you should not expect to see a change in your breathing at all. The purpose of rhinoplasty is to make changes to the nasal structure while preserving or improving the quality of your breathing. Many patients do experience a feeling of restricted breathing following surgery, but only on a temporary basis, as the swelling of the nose gradually dissipates. If you continue to experience a change in your ability to breathe, you may need additional surgery to correct the problem.

To minimise your risk of breathing complications after surgery, start by selecting the right facial plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty. Consider his or her experience, credentials, training, and patient satisfaction to evaluate whether he or she can deliver the results you want without creating more problems down the road. Rhinoplasty is a delicate surgery that must be approached correctly in order to be successful. Don’t take any chances on an unknown surgeon who may not be prepared to handle the finer points of a typical rhinoplasty.

THE RISK: UNSATISFACTORY RESULTS

A lot of planning goes into a rhinoplasty. From the first few minutes of your consultation right up until your surgery begins, your facial plastic surgeon will work with you to address your specific concerns about your nose while making his or her recommendations. Most patients have a good idea of what they don’t like about their noses and what they hope to see changed, but they never consider that they might not communicate these ideas effectively to their surgeon. When miscommunications occur, disappointing rhinoplasty results can be the consequences.

To plan your rhinoplasty right and reduce the chance that you won’t be happy with your results, communicate as much as you can with your facial plastic surgeon. Discuss the aspects of your nose that you would like to change and listen to the surgeon’s advice. He or she will have a clear understanding of facial measurements, balance, and proportion, which can be a valuable tool in designing a nose that looks natural on your face. By truly engaging in conversation about the nose you’d like to have, using visuals whenever you can, you’ll have your lowest risk for unwanted results.

PLAN YOUR RHINOPLASTY WITH A LOW-RISK SURGEON

The success of your rhinoplasty, as well as the complications you may face afterwards, begins with an experienced facial plastic surgeon with knowledge, experience, and outstanding qualifications.

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Sydney Facial Plastic Surgeon