Rhinoplasty Risks

There are inherent risks to every cosmetic surgery. These risks may include medical risks such as infection and complications due to anesthesia, and risks regarding the satisfaction with the result of the procedure. One risk that is unique to a rhinoplasty is that scar tissue may heal in a way that causes a whistling sound when you breathe in and out. Each risk should be considered carefully and you must be aware of them all before undergoing a rhinoplasty.

Infection and Bleeding

An infection can occur after a nose job, but it happens only rarely. Infections usually develop within the first few days after surgery, but can occur up to 6 weeks later. Signs of an infection include redness, severe swelling, discharge, a foul smell, severe pain or a fever over 100.5ยบ F.

Excessive operative and postoperative bleeding can occur with rhinoplasty surgery. Additionally, a large clot or pocket of blood called a hematoma can form. A pocket of watery fluid called a seroma can also form. These may resolve by themselves or may need to be drained.

Extended Loss of Sensation (Numbness)

After a nose job, the skin on the nose and the mucosa lining the nostrils may lose sensation temporarily. This loss of sensitivity usually subsides, but in rare cases it may be permanent. Some patients will lose their sense of smell, temporarily.

General Dissatisfaction

General dissatisfaction with the results of a rhinoplasty can happen when the patient fails to convey his or her expectations to the surgeon. You must be as clear and detailed as possible when you describe what look you want to avoid being disappointed after the surgery.

You may also be dissatisfied with the amount of scar tissue you have.  This may resolve with time, since scars will initially look more prominent and usually fade.

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