What risks are involved in nose surgery?
Rhinoplasty surgery is a procedure that is done most often to change the shape and size of a persons nose.
Each year there are thousands of people who have this type of surgery done. Rhinoplasty can greatly improve the way someone looks or the way that they feel about themselves. This surgery is done either by a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon.
This nose surgery can lengthen or shorten your nose, can narrow nostrils, lift the tip and also change the shape and size of the nose. In changing the size this can be to enlarge in which grafts or implants can be used. It can also be used to make the nose smaller in which bone, tissue and cartlidge is removed.
The upper part of your nose is bone, the lower part is cartlidge, rhinoplasty can modify one the other or both depending on what you want to have done.
As with any surgery there are risks associated with the surgery. These include:
Numbness in or around the nose.
Pain and swelling
Possibility of an un-even looking nose.
And as with any surgery, there is always the risk of using a general anesthia.
Rhinoplasty surgery is usually done on the inside of the nose, as there is less risk of scarring. So the incisions are made on the inside of the nose for the surgery. The surgeon can remove or rearrange cartilage and bone through these incisions. The skin is then loosened from the bone and cartliage and can be trimmed and rearranged in order to get the desired outcome for the patient. Sometimes the area between the nostrils has to be cut, this will be sewn back with tiny stitches and will leave an almost imvisible scar.
With this type of surgery you can have either a general anesthesia or a local anesthesia depending on the surgery itself. Your surgeon will discuss this with you at your first visit, which will be your consulting visit. He will discuss with you the type of anesthesia that you will have to have. What you can expect before and after the surgery and how he will perform the surgery itself.
Recovery time is usually about 4 weeks, but it can take up to a year to see the final results.