Rhinoplasty Risks Beverly Hills
As with any surgery, rhinoplasty does have some risks associated with it. Proper techniques performed by a rhinoplasty specialist can minimize these risks in most cases, but they are possibilities. As an informed patient, you should know the rhinoplasty risks before having surgery.
Risks of rhinoplasty include:
- Scar Tissue – Usually rhinoplasty is performed inside the nose, so the scar tissue forms there. It becomes a problem when the scar tissue obstructs the nasal passage. Obstruction is rare but may require revision rhinoplasty surgery to correct it.
- Infections – Your surgeon will prescribe medicines and give specific instructions to follow during the recovery process. Following these instructions exactly will help prevent infections.
- Asymmetry – Shrink wrapping is the term given to the condition of the skin of the nose thinning as it heals and creating a shrink wrapped appearance. Injections or fat grafts may solve this problem.
- Bleeding and Swelling – These are common and expected. If bleeding persists beyond the first day post-surgery or is heavier than a mild nosebleed, you should consult your doctor. Swelling is expected to be at its most severe during the first two weeks but the nose will continue to be swollen for up to a year. About 60-70% of the healing takes place during the first three months following surgery. Patients must have patience with the healing process.
- Broken Blood Vessels – These can be easily removed with laser treatment.
- Septal Perforation - This is when a hole is created in the septum, the bone and cartilage that separate the nasal passage. It can impact breathing so it should be corrected. A septal perforation can cause nasal obstruction, whistling when you breathe in, and it can cause crusting or a little bleeding around the nose. The risk of septal perforation is higher with revision rhinoplasty.
- Collapsed Nose – This is a rare side effect, and it is unlikely if proper support is provided for the nose. Dr. Nassif places grafts into the nose for structural support to prevent nasal collapse, which can occur years after surgery.
Any patient undergoing rhinoplasty runs the risk of obtaining different results than they anticipated. Realistic expectations are essential in cosmetic surgery. The way a person’s nose heals plays a large part in how the nose turns out. Just like in nature, a perfect nose is unlikely but the goal is to give the patient a nose that he or she is happy with. A pre-operative consultation will help the surgeon set appropriate expectations for the surgery. Dr. Nassif performs revision rhinoplasty on 4% of his rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty patients, which is well below the national average of 17%.