Although significant complications from rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery are rare, but it is still vital for a patient to have a clear knowledge of the potential risks in order to make a well-considered decision. The patient should make an effort to select the best possible surgeon for rhinoplasty to not only mitigate the risks, but also achieve desirable and natural looking results.
A committed surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of rhinoplasty procedure, including its potential risks and complications. Dr. Hisham Seify is an ABPS board certified plastic surgeon providing rhinoplasty and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities and cities in this part of the country.
Some of the risks that are typically associated with any surgical procedure, including rhinoplasty, are listed below:
- Poor reaction to anesthesia
- Seroma or hematoma, where the blood or fluid accumulates beneath the skin in the incision areas
- Bleeding and infection
- Numbness or altered sensation in the treated site
- Unfavorable scarring
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to the underlying nasal structures
- Unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome, which may necessitate revision surgery
Risks Specific to Rhinoplasty
Some of the risks are specific to rhinoplasty plastic surgery, which may include:
- 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
- Swelling inside the nose leading to nasal blockage
- Damage to the septum, the structure that separates the nostrils
- A raised scar at the base of the nose when open rhinoplasty technique is used
- Development of breathing obstructions after the surgery
If rhinoplasty is performed using the closed technique, the incisions will be made inside the nostrils, resulting in no visible scarring outside. However, if a substantial nose surgery is involved, the procedure may be performed using an open technique, which will create an additional scar across the columella. A skilled surgeon will usually manage to keep the scar small and discreet at the base of the nose.
Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
While advancements in surgical techniques have made rhinoplasty a very safe procedure, the single most important factor that will still influence the final outcome is the skill and experience of the operating surgeon. When patients choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeon (ABPS), they have an automatic assurance that the surgeon would have received specialized training in the field of plastic surgery.
ABPS is the most authoritative plastic surgery board, which awards certifications after a rigorous selection process. ABPS board certified plastic surgeons would typically invest in high quality standards and best practices, adopt cutting edge technology and techniques, pursue continuing education, and follow the latest safety protocols.
On their part, the patient should be prepared to diligently follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-operative care instructions in order to minimize the risks. Poignant and hard working cosmetic surgeon Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.