Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping is generally quite safe when performed by an experienced surgeon on a properly selected patient. Prior to any surgery, it is crucial to understand the risks involved, what consequences the risks might have on your life, how risks occur and how they are managed. Top revision rhinoplasty surgeons are sensitive to what you’ve been through, so they place a great emphasis on making sure you’re prepared for your corrective surgery.
Although you can never reduce the rate of surgical risks to zero, choosing a highly qualified rhinoplasty specialist can greatly minimize the incidence of complications just as the likelihood of a disappointing result. When complications do occur, an expert rhinoplasty surgeon has the experience, expertise and judgment to provide prompt and effective treatment to preserve a successful outcome and hopefully minimize negative consequences.
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The best surgeons know that the more you’re informed about realistic surgical risks, the better. In fact, the way a rhinoplasty surgeon handles the discussion of risks can help you evaluate their trustworthiness and expertise. If you meet with a surgeon who glosses over surgical risks, or doesn’t explain clearly, your “trust meter” should go off. Cross that surgeon off your list. Good surgeons know that it’s only by understanding surgical complications and risks that you can make an intelligent and informed decision to go forward with surgery. Most experienced revision rhinoplasty surgeons find that the more you know about risk, the more thoroughly you understand the proposed procedure and the lower your anxiety level will be as you contemplate surgery. Your calm and confidence lay the groundwork for a successful surgery and quick recovery, so being forthcoming comes naturally to the most talented surgeons.
Although higher than in primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty overall has a low rate of complications. Individual surgeon’s results may vary widely, however. That’s why it is important to find an experienced surgeon with superior surgical judgment and meticulous technique, honed over years of specialized practice. From among this elite group, select a surgeon you trust to improve the form and function of your nose with revision rhinoplasty.
Bleeding may be the most common risk of rhinoplasty or revisional rhinoplasty, since blood vessels may be damaged during each surgery. Most patients lose a small amount of blood during surgery and a very few may experience significant post-surgery blood loss. In the absence of a bleeding disorder, blood loss almost never rises to the level needing hospitalization or blood transfusion. Usually, nasal packing for 12-36 hours is all that’s needed. Blood thinning medications, even mild ones like baby aspirin, can cause excessive bleeding, so you will be instructed to avoid certain prescription and non-prescription drugs and herbal supplements. Be gentle with your nose during the healing process, since forceful blowing of your nose or bumping the nose can also cause bleeding.
The best plastic surgeons, including revision rhinoplasty specialists and reconstructive surgeons, are committed to ensuring that you understand all risks clearly. If, for some reason, your surgeon feels that your risks outweigh any benefit that revision rhinoplasty might bring, he or she will explain that you are not a good candidate for the procedure. Sometimes this is only a temporary problem, for instance, your surgeon may feel that you need more time to heal from your prior procedure. In some cases, the nasal structure may be too early in acute healing phase to attempt a second or third rhinoplasty. Given proper timing, improvement can be made in the majority of cases. There are even some revision procedures that require only minor surgery. Don’t become discouraged–be sure to seek a professional opinion if something about your previous rhinoplasty bothers you.
Dr. Cohen Winters, Revision Rhinoplasty Risks
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