The decision to have nose surgery is a personal one and it is important to understand what is involved in the surgery, the recovery, the expected results and benefits as well as the risks and potential complications.Some of the potential risks include anaesthesia risks, bleeding and haematoma (requiring return to the operating theatre), unfavourable scarring (potentially requiring scar treatment or scar revision), swelling (that may persist for many months), infection, delayed wound healing, asymmetry, pain, altered sensation to the nose, altered sense of smell, rupture of surface vessels of the nose, altered breathing, change in the quality of sounds when singing and speaking, septal perforation, irregularities in the contour of the nose, suture extrusion, potential for revisionary surgery and general complications such as a heart attack and pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs).
Certainly many of these complications are not common, but it is important that the surgeon explains to you in detail what can go wrong and what happens next if something goes wrong. These risks have to be acceptable to you and must be balanced against the potential benefits of having an improvement in the appearance of your nose and improved self-esteem and confidence. It is best to ask your surgeon as many questions as possible so that you understand what is realistic and achievable and the surgeon understands what you are hoping to achieve.
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