Open rhinoplasty is one of the two major techniques to perform nose reshaping cosmetic surgery. Open rhinoplasty is recommended when the patient requires significant correction of nose aesthetics or function.
Before going ahead with the surgery, the patient should have a clear idea about the potential risks and complications associated with open rhinoplasty.
At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will discuss various aspects of the open technique, and explain about its risks and safety issues.
Risks can be minimized when the procedure is performed by a highly trained and skilled surgeon and the patient is prepared to follow the surgeon’s instructions. Notable and successful board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides open rhinoplasty to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations in this area of the west coast.
Open rhinoplasty will normally only have minor and temporary side effects. But in exceptional cases, more serious complications may occur, which could include:
- Bacterial infection occurring during or after the surgery
- Poor reaction to anesthesia or lidocaine
- Chronic nosebleeds
- Airway obstruction
- Altered sensation or numbness in the incision sites for an extended time period
- Perforations in the septum
- Fluid accumulation under the skin in the incision areas
- Ruptured blood vessels
- Asymmetrical shape of the nose
- Unfavorable scarring
- Possibility of revision surgery
In view of the risks, patients should ideally choose a board certified surgeon to perform open rhinoplasty plastic surgery.
The selection of the plastic surgeon is the most vital element that will impact the patient’s risk profile for a procedure such as open rhinoplasty. Board certified plastic surgeons typically invest in high quality standards and best practices, adopt the latest surgical techniques and technology, pursue continuing education, and follow the current safety protocols.
Such commitment on part of the surgeon will contribute the risk mitigation in open rhinoplasty. An experienced surgeon will customize the procedure to achieve targeted results in a less invasive manner. On the other side, the patient’s commitment to follow the surgeon’s advice from preparation to recovery stages will also influence the final results.
Dedicated and fabulous cosmetic surgeon Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas mile after mile across this horizon for open rhinoplasty.
Nearly every surgical procedure will entail some amount of scarring risk. Open rhinoplasty involves a small external incision, which will be placed in the columella. This is a thin strip of skin dividing the nostrils, and a skillful surgeon will be able to keep the scar discreet and largely invisible. Other tiny incisions will be placed inside the nose, which will not leave any external scarring.
Risk of Unsatisfactory Aesthetics
In some cases, it is possible that the patient feels unhappy with the final cosmetic outcome. This could happen due to a surgical error or ineffective communication between the surgeon and the patient. A sagacious surgeon will ensure clear communication with the patient, and may present open rhinoplasty before and after photographs at the time of pre-operative consultation to help them form realistic expectations.