How Often Does Rhinoplasty Result in a New Nasal Deformity?

I am considering Rhinoplasty to correct my dorsal hump and lift my droopy nasal tip, however I am concerned about the risks. How often do disastrous results occur, such as nose collapse, necrosis, inverted v, open roof or some other very noticeable deformity? I am not seeking perfection, but I am worried about potential disfigurement. Is this common enough to be a valid concern?

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Nasal Deformity After Rhinoplasty

In the hands of a rhinoplasty expert, the chances of having secondary nasal deformity or a need for revisional surgery would be significantly reduced. This is the most complicated operative procedure we do in plastic surgery. It is a surgery of millimeters and requires expertise to perform it well the first time.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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How often does rhinoplasty result in a new nasal deformity?

When considering rhinoplasty, it is very important to do your homework and seek out an experienced and board certified rhinoplasty specialist. When you are in good hands with an experienced surgeon, the chances of any issues occurring are greatly minimized. When comparing surgeons, look for credentials, a good amount of before and after photos showcasing the surgeon's results, and fantastic patient testimonials. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Often Does Rhinoplasty Result in a New Nasal Deformity?

   I have not had any of those things happen after hundreds and hundreds of rhinoplasties, and I do not think that they are likely to happen.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties each year.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and results

Complications can happen and unfavorable results can occur. Revision rates have been quoted from 5-15% for most surgeons. Find a good surgeon who has consistently good results.  Good luck. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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A rhinoplasty in the hands of competent surgeon yields predictably good results.

Surgical catastrophes are extremely rare with rhinoplasty. Predictably good results require the surgeon with training, skill, and experience. Your preoperative research is all-important with this operation.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty patients are happy most of the time.


It is an operation that requires a lot of skill, but if you are in good hands, outcome is usually very good.  Catastrophes are rare.  5% of patients need a touch up.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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How Often Does Rhinoplasty Result in a New Nasal Deformity?

The serious complications you describe are very rare when you select an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. This is not a valid concern with a primary rhinoplasty.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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