Rhinoplasty Risks and SafetyFebruary 11, 2017
Rhinoplasty is considered one of the safer plastic surgery procedures, but it involves several intricacies and should only be performed by an expert in nose surgery. The patient should know about the potential risks and complications associated with rhinoplasty in order to make an informed choice.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will apprise the patient about all aspects of rhinoplasty, including its risks and safety issues. The patient can minimize the risk by carefully following the surgeon’s instructions. Dr. Gary Motykie MD is a board certified plastic surgeon providing rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Side effects that are usually associated with rhinoplasty surgery are fairly minor and temporary. However, in rare circumstances, more serious complications may occur, which could include:
- Infection during or after the procedure
- Adverse reaction to general anesthesia or lidocaine
- Obstruction in breathing through the nostrils
- Chronic nosebleeds
- Prolonged numbness or change of sensation in the incision sites
- Perforated septum
- Fluid accumulation beneath the skin
- Ruptured blood vessels
- Visible scarring in case of open rhinoplasty
- Asymmetrical shape of the nose
- Chances of revision nose surgery
Dr. Gary Motykie MD receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty and several other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
The most important element that will influence the patient’s risk profile in rhinoplasty is the choice of the plastic surgeon. A board certified plastic surgeon would typically invest in the best surgical practices and standards, adopt advanced surgical techniques and technology, pursue continuing education, and follow the latest safety protocols, which would all contribute to risk mitigation.
An experienced surgeon will be in a position to strike the sensitive balance between the inherent limitations of the facial and nose anatomy of the patient and their personal cosmetic goals and needs. Furthermore, the patient’s personal commitment to follow the surgeon’s instructions from preparation to recovery stages will impact the final outcome.
The surgeon and the patient should have a relationship of trust and open communication in order to ensure the success of rhinoplasty. The patient should transparently disclose all relevant information about their current health, lifestyle habits, and the kind prescription and non-prescription drugs that they may be using.
Scarring risks exist to some extent in almost every surgical procedure. But if the surgeon performs a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions will only be made inside the nostrils, and no scars will be visible on the outside. However, in case of open rhinoplasty, an additional incision will be placed across the columella, which will cause a small scar.
Risk of Unsatisfactory Aesthetics
A few patients may feel dissatisfied with their final results, which could happen due to a surgical error or inadequate communication between the patient and the surgeon. In any case, the patient should have a clear understanding and realistic expectations in order to better appreciate the final outcome of rhinoplasty.
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