Rhinoplasty Risks

Rhinoplasty carries risks such as swelling, bruising and slight nasal blockage are expected symptoms after a nose job and are not considered complications to the procedure. Other risks include a possible chance that the cosmetic results of the surgery will not be what you wanted.

While many of these risks are remote in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon like Dr. Miller, the risks cannot be fully eliminated.

During your consultation, Dr. Miller will explain in detail the risks associated with nose job surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms acknowledging your understanding of these risks.

Some of the risks associated with rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection

While uncommon, anytime the body is invaded through surgical means, tiny bacteria can enter the open wounds and cause infections. Dr. Miller may prescribe a preventative antibiotic to address this potential issue. However, when you are in the post-operative phase, you should monitor yourself for signs of infection, including fever, chills, wound seepage or skin discoloration.

  • Bleeding

While rare, you may experience nosebleeds during the recovery phase. While these nosebleeds can usually be stopped by applying localized pressure and ice, occasionally nasal packing will be required. In very rare instances, you may require hospitalization.

  • Poor wound healing Or scarring

The incisions made during a nose job are quite small. However, each person’s body heals differently and occasionally visible scar tissue can accumulate during the recovery process. If this is the case, Dr. Miller can perform additional procedures to minimize or reduce your scar tissue.

  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic result

90% of all rhinoplasty procedures produce exceptional results and patient satisfaction. Unfortunately, in a few cases the post-operative nose is not ideal and usually attributed to mis-communication between surgeon and patient, poor preoperative analysis, inappropriate choice of techniques, failure of execution and unpredictable healing.

  • Choosing a surgeon with decades of experience devoted to nose job procedures minimizes this risk.
  • Complications from anesthesia

Because rhinoplasty procedures are most often performed while you are under a general anesthesia, you are exposed to the very rare risks associated with anesthesia. These risks – although quite remote – will be discussed with you by the anesthesiologist prior to the nose job surgery.

How Can I Minimize The Risks Of Rhinoplasty?

While every risk cannot be eliminated, there are some things you can do to minimize certain risks.

  • Follow All Pre-operative and Post-Operative Instructions

This is by far the most effective way to help ensure a smooth recovery and reduce the chance for certain risks. Dr. Miller will provide you with an extensive list of post-op instructions. He is giving you these for a reason. Please carefully follow them.

  • Protect Your New Nose

Your new nose will be in a protective cast for the first week. It goes without saying that once the cast is removed, you should take great care to guard your nose from any trauma or impact.

  • Sleep With Your Head Elevated

In the first few days after your nose job, try to keep your head slightly elevated and avoid contact with your pillow or other objects.

  • Don’t Rush Your Recovery

It takes 3-6 weeks to fully recover from a nose job. Even when you’re feeling better during this time, you should avoid strenuous activity or anything that presents a risk to your new nose. Please take a look at our recovery & post-op nose bob instructions.

How Do I Learn More About Rhinoplasty Risks?

You can learn more about rhinoplasty risks by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Miller in NYC. Just fill out our convenient Contact Form or call us at (646) 791-3112, and one of our helpful Patient Advisers will help you.