Open Rhinoplasty Surgery Risks and SafetyDecember 2, 2017
Open rhinoplasty is a relatively more invasive technique to perform a nose job. It is typically recommended when significant tissue modification of the nose is involved. The patient should have a clear knowledge of the potential risks associated with open rhinoplasty in order to make a well-considered decision.
The patient should ideally choose an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty to minimize the risks. A committed surgeon will educate the patient about the potential risks and complications and provide tips for a safe surgery. The sagacious and fabulous Dr. Gary Motykie is an ABPS board certified plastic surgeon providing rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
Some of the risks that are typically associated with any cosmetic surgery procedure, including open rhinoplasty, are as follows:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Seroma, where the blood or fluid accumulates beneath the skin in the incision areas
- Excessive bleeding
- Numbness or change of sensation in the incision sites
- Unfavorable scarring
- Allergic reaction to any surgical material
- Damage to the underlying nasal structures
- Poor healing of the incisions
- Unsatisfactory aesthetic result, leading to nose revision surgery
Risks Specific to Open Rhinoplasty
Some of the risks are specific to open nose surgery may include:
- Problems related to the nasal skin, or breakdown of skin from bandaging or grafting materials being exposed through thin skin
- Poor adaptation to synthetic nose implants
- Swelling inside the nose leading to nasal blockage
- Damage to the septum, which is the structure separating the nostrils
- A raised scar at the base of the nose when open rhinoplasty technique is applied
- Developing breathing difficulty through nostrils after the surgery
If rhinoplasty is performed using the closed technique, the incisions will be made inside the nostrils, resulting in no visible scarring outside. However, in case of open rhinoplasty, an additional scar will be created across the columella. A skilled surgeon will usually manage to keep the scar small and discreet at the base of the nose.
Tips to Minimize Risk
The patient should be willing to diligently follow the surgeon’s instructions in order to minimize the risks. As a first step, they should share transparently with the surgeon if they have an underlying health concern that could interfere with the surgery or recovery.
If the patient is a smoker, they should be committed to staying away from smoking for at least a specified time period before and after the surgery. The surgeon will provide guidance against taking certain types of medications, blood thinners, vitamins and herbal supplements. These restrictions should be carefully followed.
The patient should stay sufficiently hydrated after the surgery and eat a diet rich in lean proteins to improve healing and have a sustainable recovery. Follow-up appointments should be kept up with commitment. Dedicated and judicious plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, CA, and other neighborhoods and towns in this part of SoCal for rhinoplasty and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
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