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The Risks of Rhinoplasty

The Risks of Rhinoplasty

laser skin tightening8 - The Risks of Rhinoplasty | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesA rhinoplasty can have a major positive impact on the appearance of someone's face. Just a slight adjustment of the nose can really complement or enhance other facial features. That's the interesting nature of facial aesthetics, and it's why you need to consult with a skilled facial plastic surgeon in order to achieve the best possible results.

When you meet with your plastic surgeon, you will learn about the risks and benefits of rhinoplasty in detail, allowing you to make an informed decision about all of your needs. Let's take a moment right now to go over the risks of rhinoplasty in basic terms.

What should I know about the risks of rhinoplasty?

Risks are possible with all surgeries whether they are elective in nature or medically necessary. That's why it's important that patients understand both the risks and benefits of any surgery that they will undergo. This provides patients with realistic expectations of care, which in turn allows them to decide if the surgery would be good for them.

Potential Risks of Rhinoplasty

Some of the potential risks of rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Injury to the septum
  • Swelling within the nose
  • Nasal cavity blockages
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergies to anesthetic
  • Poor surgical results

Are these risks common?

Generally speaking, these are all potential risks but they do not occur with every patient. Each person's healing experience is different, and we always strive to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

Is there a way to reduce the chance of complications following rhinoplasty?

Yes. Your cosmetic plastic surgeon will provide you with a list of pre-operative and post-operative instructions that you should follow to the letter. By heeding these instructions, you will be able to ensure the best possible healing results.

It's important that patients keep in contact with their surgeons during the healing period. Should they notice anything that seems wrong or amiss, they should get in contact with their surgeon right away so that the issue can be addressed in a timely manner.

How Plastic Surgeons Address Rhinoplasty Problems

If a patient does experience a complication of some kind after surgery, there are various ways of addressing it. If there is an infection, antibiotics may be used to keep it under control.

For major complications that involve the nose itself, a secondary or corrective rhinoplasty surgery may need to be performed. When possible, the surgeon will use the same incisions as the one used from the primary surgery in order to limit the amount of scarring.

Making the Best Decision for You

We know that rhinoplasty is a major decision and that it should not be taken lightly. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or other facial rejuvenation treatments, it's worth your time to meet with a surgeon and discuss the surgery in detail. By getting information and asking questions, you'll be able to make an empowered decision about your appearance and your treatment options.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty

For more information about rhinoplasty and what you can expect from surgery, be sure to contact our Los Angeles facial plastic surgery center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

Injections May be a Good Option for Shaping your Nose

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Can I fix my nose without surgery?

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Non-invasive procedures continue to grow by leaps and bounds as more and more patients choose to delay major surgery. While these procedures are most are aimed at shaping the face and eliminating wrinkles, non-invasive fillers are  finding success in treating problem areas on the nose. “There can be minor things that really don’t need surgery, that can be addressed by using a variety of fillers,” says Dr. Keyes. “Have a little hump or elevation in the middle of your nose? We can put a little filler below and beneath the hump in order to smooth out the appearance. This is a quick and easy way to get a great looking appearance without having surgery.”


How safe are fillers in the nose?

With the growing trend of non-invasive procedures, hundreds of practitioners are trying their hand at using injectables. While getting these procedures done at an unlicensed practitioner or non-board certified plastic surgeon is never advised, the risks involved with injecting fillers into the nose can cause major problems. “There is no magic cure to anything,” says Keyes. “The nose is a contaminated area because it’s open to the air, so there is bacteria in the nose. There is always a potential for infection, so the surgeon or practitioner must be credentialed to handle all possible complications that may arise. Only with a board-certified surgeon or staff trained by someone board-certified can the effectiveness of these procedures be maximized while maintaining the highest levels of safety.”

How long will the fillers last?

Non-invasive procedures can provide great results, but they must be maintained every 4-5 months in order to remain. While this is the drawback to non-invasive procedures vs surgical procedures, surgeons are finding that some of these procedures appear to build off of each other, allowing patients to go longer before they need to maintain results. “Sometimes the results last longer for people who have had fillers injected multiple times,” says Keyes. “There is some growing evidence in these patients, that the fillers show resilience and make the results last even longer.”

The benefits of non-invasive procedures to help fix problem areas of the nose gives fantastic results, allowing patients to put off rhinoplasty and get back to living life.

Otoplasty: How Ear Surgery Can Enhance Your Rhinoplasty and Overall Look

There are multiple reasons to undergo Otoplasty. Common problems the procedure addresses include earlobes that are disproportionately large, ears that prominently stick out, misshapen ears as a result of trauma, and lop ear (also called bat ear), which is when the top of the ear droops down.

While some patient’s ears are a result of genetics, injury or trauma to the ear can also lead to an unsatisfactory appearance. As a surgeon who is board certified in otolaryngology (commonly called an ENT or an ear, nose, and throat surgeon) and plastic surgery, I am particularly passionate about this procedure. In this post, I’ll provide an overview. 

Who to Look For

Because of the skill and expertise required to perform Otoplasty, it is recommended to work with a surgeon who has specialized training in surgery of the ear. Double board certification in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ENT surgery) is a solid start.

As you know, your ears play a role in your overall appearance. Thus your doctor must have specialized knowledge in order to create a balanced look that will provide pleasing results. Seeing before and after photos of procedures he or she has performed will help evaluate a doctor’s skill.

What to Expect

Because cartilage creates your ear’s shape, most procedures involve reshaping it. Surgeons often make incisions in the back of the ear in order to access the cartilage. If your doctor must enter through the front, he or she will most likely make an incision in the ear’s fold, which will prevent visible scarring. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will stitch the incision. Most Otoplasties are performed on an outpatient basis.

Throughout my career, I’ve performed ear surgeries on children and adults, and I have also spent years completing revision operations on patients who weren’t pleased with the results they received from previous doctors. Make sure your doctor frequently performs Otoplasties and has the specialized training and peer recognition required to be the most qualified to meet your needs.