The Risks And Complications Of Rhinoplasty Surgery}

Submitted by: Dr Ahnsup Kim

When considering a rhinoplasty procedure one of the factors that you have to consider are the potential risks and complications. Some of the risks and adverse reactions can include those that are generally present in any cosmetic surgery, while there are also others that are specific to rhinoplasty itself.

One of the risks that a patient has in rhinoplasty includes anesthesia reactions. There are some patients who do not respond well with anesthetics by showing allergic symptoms. This includes increased heart rate, hives, and difficulty breathing. If left uncontrolled, this can lead to fatal consequences.

Bleeding is also another risk and complication that can be very dangerous if left unattended. This can be aggravated by certain factors such as, poor healing, smoking or slow blood clotting time. Uncontrolled bleeding could happen during or after surgery. The patient would be advised not to blow or pick on the nose to prevent bleeding. Recurring nosebleeds is also a possibility with rhinoplasty.

Poor wound healing can also be a possible complication especially if there is inadequate wound care and a lack of good nutrition. This can also lead to a certain risk which most patients would dread to have, and that is developing those ugly scars. That is why eating the right foods and keeping yourself healthy along with aseptically cleaning the wound on a regular basis should be part of your regimen for before and after surgery.


Infection is also another common surgical risk and complication that can also lead to poor wound healing. It can be caused by an unsterile surgical process and materials. Undue exposure to pollutants can also result to infection.

Structural problems to the nose even after rhinoplasty is also a possibility, and these problems include septal perforation, sinusitis, and an irregularity of the nasal form. These problems can result in whistling when the person speaks, chronic pain and a deformed nose. Most of the time, these can be caused by a lack of expertise by the surgeon, infection, delayed and poor healing.

Changes in sensation can also be a problem such as numbing over the entire nasal area. An impaired sense of smell is also a possibility, and these problems are caused by permanent nerve damage.

Redness and pigmentation over the nasal area may also occur due to the rupture of blood vessels. Along with this bruising may also be apparent, but eventually subsides after a couple of weeks. Some say that there is still some apparent discoloration on the nose which could last for a year, but it can easily be concealed with makeup.

Due to the rupture of some blood vessels, oxygenation to the area may also become impaired. Aside from delayed wound healing, the worst case that can happen from this would be tissue necrosis or what is also known as tissue death.

Toxic shock syndrome is also another serious risk and complication in rhinoplasty; however it also rarely occurs with as much as 0.016% occurring yearly. Symptoms include rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

These risks and complications can be avoided when you choose a good surgeon. He should be one who specializes on ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat) to ensure that he is well versed on the structures and how to manipulate them properly. He should have good patient history and reviews. And that he is board-certified to do his practice.

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