Rhinoplasty Risks and Safety

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Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery may seem like a minor nose reshaping procedure. However, it is a delicate surgery as it involves balancing the strategic relationship of the nose with other features of the face.

The surgery should ideally be performed by a highly qualified and expert plastic surgeon to mitigate the risks and avoid the need for revision surgery in the future.

During the pre-op consultation process, a committed surgeon will discuss the potential risks and side effects associated with a nose surgery with the patient to enable them to make a well-informed choice. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai provides rhinoplasty to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and other cities and suburbs in this part of the country.

Potential Complications

Rhinoplasty generally involves some temporary side-effects that resolve by themselves some days after the procedure. However, in exceptional cases, one or more of the below-mentioned complications are possible:

  • Bacterial infection in the incision site during or post-procedure
  • Adverse response to general anesthesia or lidocaine local anesthetic
  • Problems in breathing through the nostrils
  • Chronic nosebleeds
  • Perforations in the septum
  • Fluid accumulation beneath the skin in the incision sites
  • Burst blood vessels
  • Unanticipated scarring after open nose surgery
  • Issues related to the nasal skin or disintegration of skin from bandaging or from grafting materials being exposed through thin skin, primarily if the surgeon has used synthetic implants
  • Inflammation within the nose causing nasal blockage
  • Asymmetrical nasal shape
  • Possibility of revision rhinoplasty

 

Mitigation of Risks

The patient should select a well-qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to minimize rhinoplasty risks. Plastic surgeons certified by the board typically follow best practices and quality standards, are up to date with the most innovative surgical techniques, pursue ongoing education and training, and adopt the latest safety protocols.

In addition, the patient should be willing to follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines diligently. This will mitigate the risks and lead to a safer and shorter recovery period. If the surgeon and patient share a relationship based on trust and transparency, it will favorably impact the results of the nose surgery.

The patient should be open to sharing their smoking and drinking behaviors as well as providing information on the meds, vitamins and herbal supplements that they currently use. This will help the surgeon provide instructions to make the procedure safer.

 

Scarring Risks

The risk of scarring is present in any surgery, including rhinoplasty. But if the surgeon uses the closed rhinoplasty technique, the scarring will occur only inside the nostrils and will not be noticeable from outside.

If a salient and accomplished plastic surgeon uses the open rhinoplasty technique, they would still make incisions in a manner that causes minimal conspicuous scarring.

 

Risk of Unsatisfactory Outcomes

In rare circumstances, the patient may feel that the results of the rhinoplasty are unsatisfactory or may suffer from functional issues such as problems breathing through the nostrils. These types of patients may require a revision rhinoplasty surgery to address these problems.

Astute cosmetic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190. Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.

Just like any other surgical procedure, tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves some amount of risk. Before committing to this cosmetic surgery procedure, the patient should carefully consider the risks and benefits and make an informed decision. The surgeon will require them to sign consent forms prior to the procedure, which will mention that the patient is aware of the risks.

At the time of pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will discuss all aspects of tummy tuck, including the potential risks.

The patient should feel free to ask questions and clear any doubts or concerns they may have at this time. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai provides tummy tuck to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations. 

Common Risks

Some of the potential risks associated with abdominoplasty include:

Adverse Anesthesia Reaction

Tummy tuck is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia, which entails some degree of risk. Poor reaction to general anesthesia may occur in rare circumstances. An experienced anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist should be able to detect the problem early before it becomes complicated, and minimize this risk. They will usually remain present in the operating room throughout the procedure to monitor the patient’s response.

Blood Clotting

After tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure, blood clots may form inside a blood vessel. This is a rare occurrence, which may complicate the blood flow. Patients should follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-op care instructions carefully to minimize this risk. Compression garment around the waist and mild exercises during recovery will improve blood flow and reduce the risk of clotting.

Infection Risks

Chances of infection are higher during and immediately after the tummy tuck procedure. The surgical room should be completely sterile to mitigate the risk. Proper wound care is a must after the surgery in order to reduce post-surgical infection risk. The patient should follow the surgeon’s instructions about changing or removing bandages and avoiding contact with the incision sites in the initial days of recovery.

Fluid Accumulation

Following tummy tuck surgery in some patients, seroma formation or collection of fluid between the skin flap and the muscle layer can occur. This will increase the risk of infection. The surgeon will place temporary drain tubes under the incision areas to minimize this risk. The patient should adhere to the surgeon’s instructions about measuring and emptying the drains every day until they are removed.

Slow Healing

It may take a few weeks until the bruising, swelling and pain in the treated sites are completely resolved. But if the symptoms continue to be significant beyond this stage, it may be a case of poor healing. Irregular healing can sometimes lead to skin loss. Scarring in such patients may also be higher. Patients should strictly avoid smoking before and after the surgery for a certain time period as advised by the surgeon to minimize this risk.

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Roger Tsai receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190.Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.