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A nose job, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgeries for men and women. While some patients seek out the procedure in order to refine their appearance, others look to this surgery in order to correct a medical problem

Rhinoplasty Risk

Some people have medical problems like a deviated septum or a broken nose which is making it difficult to breathe.  This surgery can help alter the shape of the nose, the size, and the overall aesthetic appearance.  In any case, rhinoplasty surgery is an operation like any other surgical procedure, with risks and considerations to weigh before a patient decides to proceed.  Learning the basic risks, recovery issues, and costs will allow a person to make the best decision not only for their nose, but also for their health and well-being.

A person who wants to have their nose fixed or altered needs to realize the extent to which their nose will be changed.  The operation is best done with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia, because general anesthesia can be quite dangerous. Then, the surgeon makes incisions inside the nose in order to shave away any excess bone or cartilage  Although there are virtually no risks from the procedure when done by a competent plastic surgeon, here are some things to consider:

  • Pain - There is usually no or minimal pain after the operation.
  • Infection – After perfoming more than 5000 rhinoplasties, I have never seen a nose get infected.
  • Blood loss - This is usually minimal. I have never had to give a patient a blood transfusion. The highest risk of bleeding is actually one week after the surgery when the internal blood clots begin to dissolve.
  • Poor results or unintended results
  • Reaction to the anesthetic – With intravenous sedation and local anesthesia, this is close to zero. Again, I have never seen a reaction with this regimen.
  • The greatest risk is the surgeon that you chose to do the operation, not the surgery itself.

The reason is that a surgeon who is not experienced or qualified to perform the rhinoplasty procedure can cause a lot of problems, but from an aesthetic and breathing point of view.  In the hands of someone who is not a trained, board certified plastic surgeon, not only can the nose have an unnatural or deformed appearance when the surgery is complete, but it will require reconstruction by someone more skilled than the original surgeon.

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