Although tolerated well by the vast majority of patients, rhinoplasty like all surgical procedures carries some risks.
I divide them into short term, medium term and long term risks.
- short term- bleeding, infection, bruising, swelling. Rarely are these major issues but your surgeon should give adequate pre op instructions to help minimize swelling and bruising and cover you with antibiotics and recommend nasal rinsing post op.
Take it easy and sleep with your head up for 2 weeks. Icing your cheeks for a couple days post op is also helpful and soothing. Some surgeons place you on suppliments like arnica and bromeline to boost anti bruising and swelling abilities. I also recommend vit c suppliments throughout.
- medium term - nasal congestion and swelling particularly of the nasal tip. Rhinoplasty swelling takes up to a year to completely go down. This does not mean you cannot face the public or social events during this time but your end result of all swelling to resolve takes time and your surgeon should help through this process with frequent follow ups. Sometimes injections are placed to help with facilitating swelling or also taping at night may be recommended.
You may have some numbness of your tip or occasional discomfort in the first few months.
- long term - after a year most of the healing is done and this may reveal a minor irregularity you may notice at certain angles or in certain light. Again this may be something minor your surgeon may address with an injection but the rate for needing a minor tweak or revision - even in the most experienced hands - is 5 -10%. Other issues may be unsatisfactory scarring, chronic nasal congestion and reduced sense of smell.
I hope this was helpful.
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