What risks are there with rhinoplasty surgery?
Fortunately, significant complications from rhinoplasty are infrequent. You should discuss your specific nose surgery risks with your aesthetic plastic surgeon during your consultation.
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Other risks specific to rhinoplasty are:
- Skin problems or skin breakdown from bandaging or from grafting materials being exposed through thin skin, particularly if foreign materials have been inserted
- Nasal blockage caused by swelling inside the nose
- Injury to your septum, the structure that separates your nostrils
- A scar at the base of the nose with the open approach
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon, both before and after your rhinoplasty.