Rhinoplasty Risks - What should every patient know before surgery?

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Rhinoplasty Risks

Thank you for your question. Fortunately, significant complications from rhinoplasty are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people have their noses reshaped, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates
Barrington
Oakbrook
Chicago


Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty risks

WELL THERE ARE RISKS IN ANY SURGERY THAT YOU DO. SUCH AS ANESTHESIA, AND INFECTION. AND WE ALSO TELL PEOPLE NOT TO EXERCISE OR TAKE ANY BLOOD THINNERS LIKE ASPIRIN AS YOU CAN BLEED MORE SINCE YOU DO GET SOME NOSE BLEEDS AFTERWARDS. THIS ALSO DEPENDS ON WHAT TYPE OF RHINOPLASTY YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS AND OPEN RHINOPLASTY AND CLOSED RHINOPLASTY. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU MAY WANT TO DISCUSS AT YOUR CONSULT 

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Risks after rhinoplasty

Hi there.  Great question.  The risks can be divided into short term and long term.

Short term risks are rare and relate to the surgery. They include bleeding and infection, anaesthesia risks and deep venous thrombosis with pulmonary embolism. I emphasise although that these problems are all very rare, it is important to be aware of them. Poor scarring is almost unheard of in experienced hands.

The main risks to rhinoplasty are long term.  A nose should look good, function well (breathing), and stay that way. The issue is that secondary rhinoplasty (needing another operation) is a risk even in the most experienced hands.  As a general rule, the  more experienced the surgeon, the less common it is to have problems here. The risk of requiring secondary rhinoplasty varies from as low as 5% in experienced hands, to much higher.

I hope this helps.

Peter Callan, MBBS
Geelong Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty risks

The most common risks that occur after a rhinoplasty are nosebleeds.   This is the reason we ask patients  not  to exercise or take blood thinners like aspirin for 2 weeks after the surgery.  Infection is very rare for rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty all the incisions are placed on the inside of the nose, so there is no external scaring like in open rhinoplasty

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Risks

Thank you for your question. As with any surgery there are inherent risks. It is important to make sure that you visit a rhinoplasty expert. Do your research online and ask around-- you would be surprised how many of your friends and family members have had nose surgery. It is also important that you ask questions about whether your surgery is open or closed rhinoplasty. In my opinion, closed is better.

For the most part, nose surgery is risk free.

Enjoy and stay beautiful,
Dr. B
Newport Beach Cosmetic Surgeon

H. George Brennan, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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