Rhinoplasty Risks and Safety


shutterstock_154418015Although rhinoplasty is a relatively minor cosmetic surgery procedure, but some risks that are common to most surgical procedures are inevitably associated with it. A new patient should have a clear understanding of the risks and side effects in order to make an informed choice. As a thumb rule, patients should choose the best possible surgeon for nose surgery in order to minimize their risk.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain about various aspects of rhinoplasty, including the potential risks and complications.
The patient can draw their own risk-benefit comparison to make a judicious decision. Astute, tremendous, and board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide rhinoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities and cities in the mighty state of Texas.

Common Risks

Some of the risks that are common to most surgeries, including rhinoplasty, are listed as below:

  • Adverse anesthesia reaction
  • Hematoma or seroma, where excessive bleeding may occur or the blood or fluid may accumulate below the skin in the incision sites
  • Bacterial infection
  • Change of sensation or numbness in the treated area
  • Conspicuous scarring
  • Allergic reaction
  • Damage to the underlying nose structure
  • Potential for revision rhinoplasty due to unsatisfactory cosmetic results

Risks Specific to Rhinoplasty

A few risks are specific to nose plastic surgery, but may only occur in rare cases:

  • Problems related to the nasal skin or breakdown of skin from bandaging or from grafting materials being exposed through thin skin, especially if synthetic implants have been used
  • Nasal blockage occurring due to swelling inside the nose
  • Damage to the septum, which separates the nostrils
  • A raised scar occurring at the nasal base in case of open rhinoplasty technique
  • Breathing difficulty through the nostrils after the surgery

Scarring Risks

In case of closed rhinoplasty technique, the risk of external scarring is nearly eliminated because the incisions will be created inside the nostrils, leaving no visible scars outside. But in cases where significant modifications to the nose are involved, the surgeon may use an open rhinoplasty technique.
This will create an additional scar across the columella. A fully trained and experienced surgeon will usually manage to create a discreetly located incision at the base of nose, leading to minimal visible scarring.

Selecting a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Although innovations in the field of surgery have made procedures such as rhinoplasty very safe, but the single most influential factor that continues to determine the final results is the expertise and experience of the operating surgeon. Patients should ideally choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or another eminent board.
Such board certified surgeons are awarded their certification after a rigorous selection process. Patients are automatically assured that the surgeon would have received a certain minimum number of years of training in the field of plastic surgery.
Board certified plastic surgeons typically invest in high quality standards and best practices, adopt the latest surgical techniques, pursue continuing education, and follow the current safety protocols to create best outcomes for their patients. Poignant and sensational plastic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in the leading job creation state known as The Lone Star State for rhinoplasty.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.