Although rhinoplasty may appear to be a seemingly minor plastic surgery, it involves various complexities. Ideally, a highly qualified and experienced nose surgeon should perform the procedure to minimize the risks.
All surgical procedures will carry some inherent risk. Therefore, it is vital that the patient is aware of the risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure that they may be considering, including rhinoplasty.
The patient should be made aware of the risk factors during the consultation process itself. This will allow them sufficient time to arrive at a judicious decision. The surgeon should inform the patient in-depth about the risks and the ways to mitigate them.
Astute board certified female plastic surgeon, Dr. Kristi Hustak, provides rhinoplasty and various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding locations.
Potential Risk Factors
Certain risks associated with nose reshaping surgery are as follows:
- Infection during or after the surgery
- Adverse response to anesthetics
- Problems in breathing through the nostrils
- Chronic nosebleeds
- Numbness in the incision sites that does not heal over a period
- Perforations in the septum following the surgery
- Accumulation of fluid beneath the skin
- Damaged or burst blood vessels
- Unwanted scarring in case of open rhinoplasty
- Asymmetrical nose shape
- Need for revision rhinoplasty
Choosing a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon is the primary step a patient can take to mitigate the risk of undesirable results from a rhinoplasty procedure. Identifying the right surgeon will ensure that the patient attains the outcomes that they are seeking. The patient should make sure that the surgeon follows the latest techniques and safety protocols.
Rhinoplasty is a safe and predictable procedure. However, in this cosmetic surgery, the surgeon must try to create an optimal balance between the patient’s aesthetic goals and the limitations of nose surgery. The patient can assist the surgeon by following the pre and post-operative guidelines given to them.
The patient should honestly disclose vital information, such as their health history, to the surgeon. Furthermore, the patient should also provide the surgeon with information about the prescription and non-prescription medications, and supplements that they presently take.
Similar to any surgical procedure, nose surgery also has some risk of scarring. However, the closed rhinoplasty surgery does not present the risk of visible scarring as the incisions are made within the nostrils.
But in case of the open rhinoplasty technique, the incision is made across the columella. In rare cases, the patient may experience unwanted scarring if the incision placement is not discreet or the scar heals poorly.
Risk of Undesirable Outcomes
Sometimes the patient may not find the rhinoplasty outcomes to be desirable. In such cases, they may need a revision procedure which involves additional risks. The patient and surgeon should have clarity on the desired results.
Experienced female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other towns and cities in this part of the country for rhinoplasty.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.