Hi, it's Dr. [Nasef], and today we're going to address rhinoplasty risks. When we talk about risks, patients will say, "Dr. [Nasef], we heard all these things where we read the internet," and patients are extremely educated.

When it comes to some of the risks that occur with rhinoplasty, a lot of them really aren't risks, but they're healing issues, such as swelling. Swelling for the first few months in the nasal tip, it can look even, sometimes like a little sausage. It can get really swollen. But it takes time. It can take up to a good two years for the nose to heal.

The nose will have some asymmetries and some irregularities, no matter how great of a job the doctor does. That's because of the three dimensional healing of the nose. So, the basic risks are swelling, irregularities, asymmetry. And also, if you overdo the nose and you remove to much tissue, it may look great for the first year, but then that's when the asymmetries and the collapses start to occur, after a year, sometimes after two, sometimes after five, where you start getting pinched here, the tip goes up, the nostrils pull out. So, they pull up and retract in. You can't breathe, and it looks like you've had an overaggressive rhinoplasty. That's one of the things to be careful about, and that's the biggest complication is getting something like that.

The other risks are infection and bleeding. There's always a rare chance you can get an infection, which is usually treated by antibiotics.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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