Is Rhinoplasty Safe?
If you or a loved one is considering a rhinoplasty, it’s understandable to feel worried or doubtful about the safety of the procedure. Surgery is surgery, and all procedures carry some amount of risk. Fortunately, rhinoplasty and many other cosmetic procedures are quite safe these days, thanks to advances in surgical techniques, anesthesia, and post-operative care. Though complications are rare, it is important to be aware of what could go wrong during and after a rhinoplasty.
As with any surgery involving general anesthesia (or local anesthesia with sedation), there is a small risk for complications, including excessive bleeding. Your plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy for the procedure. Age and habits (such as smoking) play a significant role in your risk factor.
Post-op risks include poor wound healing, infection, bleeding, pain, numbness, or a poor outcome caused by improper care during recovery.
The Number One Risk:
The most common problem people have with their rhinoplasty experience is that they simply aren’t happy with the outcome! Though very few people have safety issues with the procedure, rhinoplasty has the highest rate of revision among cosmetic surgeries. This is because the nose is a dominating facial feature, and dramatically affects the look of the face. Additionally, the rhinoplasty is a complex and difficult surgery that demands finesse and experience. Many patients choose an unskilled surgeon and/or have unrealistic expectations about their results, expecting pure magic from their surgery. While a good rhinoplasty can be magical, it probably won’t make you look like you just stepped off the red carpet. If you’re interested in getting a rhinoplasty, make sure to have realistic expectations and choose a rhinoplasty expert to perform your operation. Follow these guidelines, and chances are very good that your new nose will make you look and feel great.
You don’t have to live with a nose you’re not happy with–rhinoplasty is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. For more information on rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty and to discuss your unique needs, call Revesse in Toronto at 416.438.2499 to set up a consultation with rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Robert Mounsey.