What are the risks of getting a nose job?

What are the risks of getting a nose job?

Rhinoplasty is thought to be related with a number of dangers since the patient’s and physician’s expectations aren’t usually in sync. Aside from postoperative abnormalities, there are numerous other risks and problems to consider. Reduction rhinoplasty, for example, might result in breathing problems, which are noted in 70% of revision rhinoplasty patients. Scars and a lack of mucosal-sensation, on the other hand, might provide the impression of a “blocked nose.” Dislocation and resorption are the main dangers of autogenous transplants, whereas alloplasts can cause infection and extrusion. In this regard, silicone implants have a 5-to-20 percent complication rate. Other materials, such as Gore-Tex, have been claimed to have fewer difficulties.

Is it a mistake or a complication?

Rhinoplasty is regarded as a high-risk procedure, owing to the unpredictability of the aesthetic outcome. What are the justifications? One year after surgery, a flawless result could be quite different. Long-term rhinoplasty results are uncommonly reported. The intricacies of the healing process are to blame for the lack of predictability. Bone, cartilage, mucosa, skin, fat, fascia, muscles, nerves, arteries, perichondrium, and periosteum are among the tissues involved. The surgeon does not always have control over the particular reactions of these tissues. This is especially true for cartilage, which is the nose’s main supporting structure.

Disturbances in function

Breathing issues are linked to certain abnormalities, such as twisted and strained noses. Rhinoplasty is recommended in these circumstances to improve function. Rhinoplasty, on the other hand, might decrease the cross sectional area of the nasal airways. As a result, 10% of individuals who undergo primary rhinoplasty experience residual or new breathing issues. Breathing issues are the primary complaint in 70% of revision rhinoplasty patients, owing to persistent septal abnormalities or nasal vestibular stenosis. The separation of the upper lateral cartilages from the septum is a common source of valve issues, which can be identified by acoustic rhinometry. Deep osteotomies at the piriform opening might constrict the airways. Alar collapse and semicircular scars can result with excessive alar cartilage excision. However, in the vast majority of patients, rhinoplasty does not impair breathing.


Rhinoplasty is performed for medical reasons to fix the nose after an injury or owing to a structural issue that has existed since birth. This surgery is recommended for people who are having breathing problems as a result of a nasal injury or just wish to improve their appearance. If rhinoplasty is being done for cosmetic purposes, the patient should wait until they reach their ideal or optimal age, which is when the nasal bone is fully developed. To determine the ideal age for this operation, speak with an ENT doctor. Rhinoplasty can also be done at a younger age if there is a breathing problem.


A patient undergoing Rhinoplasty may be required to stay in the hospital for a few hours or a few days after surgery, depending on the severity of the condition and the intricacy of the treatment. If the surgery is straightforward, the ENT surgeon will provide local anaesthetic to numb the nose. In the case of minors, an ENT surgeon will normally choose for general anaesthetic to avoid any difficulties.

Cuts will be made between or inside the nostrils by the ENT surgeon. The skin will be detached from the cartilage or bone, and then the remodeling of the nose will begin. If the surgeon needs a little quantity of extra cartilage during the procedure, he or she will take some from the ear or deep inside the nose surgery. If that isn’t enough, the surgeon may add to the current nasal bone with an implant or an extra bone. Rhinoplasty surgery takes one to two hours on average, although it might take longer if the procedure is complicated.

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