Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Safe?

Rhinoplasty surgery is generally a safe procedure. Of course all surgeries have risks, even if it is a very very minor procedure. Rhinoplasty surgery has its complications too… Other than the skills of the surgeon, you can also end up with poor results due to different factors related to patient’s anatomy, like:
-Delayed wound healing
-Skin discoloration
Now, these issues are mostly related to the patient’s way of healing and anatomy. If your skin quality is not so great and if you are also smoking, this effects healing quality as well. Also, there is always a risk to have an infection, eventhough antibiotics are used before and after the surgery, however this is not an irreversable issue. But, when we discuss scar quality, this all comes down to your skin type and how it reacts to scarring. There are other risk and complication issues as well, such as:
  • Unsatisfactory outcome aesthetic wise
  • Pain
  • Need of a revision surgery
After rhinoplasty surgery, some patients do feel pain because there is a lot of work performed inside, however most of the times it feels more like soreness rather than pain. Not being able to breathe during the first 3 days is expected, because you will have tampons inside the nose, so breathing through the mouth would feel annoying.
You might end up with results you did not expect post surgery, in order to prevent this, you should discuss everything with your surgeon in detail and ask their honest opinion about what can be done for your nose. It is also important to keep your expectations real and believe what your surgeon tells you about what would be achieved and should not look for more. For instance, if your nose has thick skin, there is nothing much that can be done to change your nose, because rhinoplasty addresses to the cartilages and bones of the nose, rhinoplasty surgery cannot change your skin thickness.
There is always a revision risk. Revision rhinoplasty risk can range from %5 to %20. This might happen due to a trauma post surgery or a hump might recur post surgery too, this generally happens after open rhinoplasty surgery but, in closed rhinoplasty technique, revision risk can be lowered of course depending from case to case. Because open rhinoplasty surgery causes a bigger trauma on the nose, which might require a revision rate in the long term. This does not mean you would need to get a revision if you had open rhinoplasty technique performed, however the risk might be just a bit higher. Revision rhinoplasty might still be needed even if the primary surgery was performed through open or closed technique.
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There are also other temporary effects post rhinoplasty surgery, such as:
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty in breathing due to swelling inside the nose
  • Uneven look due to swelling
Swelling and bruising is always expected post surgery, it might be more in some cases but also might be less in others.
All in all, the complication rate for rhinoplasty is very low in our clinic, however, every surgery involves risks and these mentioned above are the risks that can be encountered rarely.
Op. Dr. Metin Kerem, Gazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi mezunudur. İhtisas eğitimini Ankara Numune Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastenesi 2. Plastik Cerrahi kliniğinde tamamlamıştır. 2008 yılında European Board of Plastic Surgery (EBOPRAS) tarafından Avrupa Birliği estetik plastik cerrahi yeterliliğine layık görüldü. Şuan da Etiler de özel kliniğinde hastalarınıza hizmet vermektedir.