Rhinoplasty Side Effects and Risks

Last Updated: February 18, 2013

Before you launch headlong into a nose surgery, you may want to know more about the possible side effects and risks. Countless of Rhinoplasty procedures are completed successfully every day, but there can still be complications associated with the surgery.

What are the Side Effects and Risks of Rhinoplasty?

A nose job involves the separation of the skin from the body in order to sculpt the underlying cartilage. Basic medical risks like swelling, scarring, and allergic reaction are always present. Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon is one way to reduce the basic level of risks. Many problems arise when patients ignore the surgeon's instructions before and after the surgery. A diligent patient who is active in his or her transformation can avoid these risks.

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Following a rhinoplasty, it's imperative that any sports or activities that could damage your nose be be avoided for several weeks.

Scarring is the biggest concern for most patients. The entire problem can be avoided if the surgery is done within the nostrils rather than by peeling back the skin on the outside. Even if the technique calls for the removal of the nose skin, the scars usually fade with time. One other problem associated with the surgery is bursted blood vessels that appear to be red spots on the surface of the nose. They're not usually large but can last indefinitely.

Side Effects

Bruising around the eyes is another common side effect that peaks in the days following the surgery. You won't be able to go to work during this time but the bruising should subside in a few weeks. Some swelling may remain for months but it is mainly unnoticeable to anyone but yourself or your surgeon.

In some rare cases a second surgery may be required to fix any deformities that arise during the healing process. This sort of complication is unavoidable even with the most skilled surgeons, but it can be fixed quickly.

Most side effects during the healing process are swelling and discomfort. These symptoms can be treated with prescription drugs. Patients are advised to stay in bed after surgery for a day with their head elevated. This position helps drain fluid accumulating in the nasal area.

Bleeding is another complication that happens a lot for the first few days with a stuffy feeling lasting for a week or so. You won't be able to blow your nose for the first week as the tissue heals. Any sports or activities that could damage your nose should be avoided for a few months.

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