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Rhinoplasty Risks & Safety

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It is necessary to evaluate the risks while considering an invasive surgical procedure. Rhinoplasty is common aesthetic surgery with a very high success rate. However, it has some inherent risks that are associated with any surgery.

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss the risks and complications to help the patient make an informed decision. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations in this part of SoCal.

Surgery Related Risks

It is essential to understand the general risks of rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery and the potential complications. These risks are also applicable to ethnic and revision rhinoplasty:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma, which is a condition where blood accumulates beneath the skin
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia

The risks specifically associated with a rhinoplasty surgery include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Scarring at the nose base
  • Numbness
  • Small blood vessels bursting on the skin’s surface
  • Inflammation
  • Over or under correction, necessitating a revision rhinoplasty
  • Permanent nerve damage

Choosing a fully trained and experienced plastic surgeon can greatly decrease the risks associated with a rhinoplasty procedure.

During the pre-op consultations, patients should freely ask questions regarding the surgery, its potential risks and advantages as well as side effects. Diligently following the surgeon’s guidelines for pre-operative and post-operative care can help patients minimize the risk of complications.

Does a Rhinoplasty Surgery Cause Scarring?

A rhinoplasty procedure, like any other surgery, does lead to some scarring. However, this scarring will not be obvious from outside. In a closed rhinoplasty surgery, the surgeon places tiny incisions on the inside of the nostrils. Here the scars will remain completely discreet.

In an open rhinoplasty surgery, which is less common, the surgeon places a single small incision in the skin strip that divides the nostrils. This incision typically heals well and leaves behind a barely discernible line, invisible to most people. Open rhinoplasty leaves only minimal permanent scar on the outside.

Side Effects

Rhinoplasty may lead to several potential side effects in the short-term. Nose surgery is a highly customized procedure which means that the side effects can differ between patients. Two of the common side effects include:


A common side effect due to a rhinoplasty surgery is inflammation around the nose and the eyes. This swelling is prominent in the initial days after the surgery but greatly decreases within approximately two weeks. It is essential to understand that some insignificant swelling may persist for up to six months post-surgery. The full and final outcomes of a rhinoplasty procedure are apparent after almost one year.


Bruising is a side effect commonly associated with nose surgery. The amount of bruising varies between patients depending on the patient’s sensitivity levels and the extent of the rhinoplasty itself.

This type of bruising is usually present in the area surrounding the eyes and can persist for up to 10 days. Bruising is typically not an indication of a severe complication. However, the patient should monitor their condition in the days after the procedure.

Sagacious double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas in The Golden State for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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