Rhinoplasty: Know Your Risks

Surgery that modifies the appearance and functionality of the nose, called rhinoplasty , is one of the most frequent and has very good results. However, like all surgery, rhinoplasty is not without risks and for that reason, you should know them and be aware of them if you are thinking of undergoing one of these procedures.

The decision of an individual to undergo a surgical procedure is based on comparing the risk with the potential benefit.

The majority of patients do not experience these complications , but it is recommended that meet and converse with your doctor. If they do occur, corrective surgery is performed.

The recommendation is to treat yourself with an experienced nose specialist otolaryngologist, who are the most suitable professionals for this type of surgery.

This doctor can not only improve the appearance of the nose, but also treat internal problems that the nose may have.

Rhinoplasty is not only an aesthetic issue, it is also necessary that the result be functional and for this comprehensive result, the ENT is the most indicated.

Pre-Operative Recommendations To Avoid Risks

  • Do not take aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, and green tea for at least two weeks before surgery.
  • If you have a cold, sinusitis or an infection of the skin of the nose, you cannot be operated on.
  • Wash your face and hair the night before surgery. Attend the surgery with comfortable clothes and don’t wear makeup
  • Remember to bring all laboratory and radiological examinations.
  • Do not forget that you must arrive on an empty stomach for at least 8 hours.

Nasal bleeding is unusual but possible and can occur during or after surgery.

That is why one of the recommendations before surgery is not to ingest aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 days before, because this type of drug increases the risk of bleeding.

The pressure that is not controlled can also be one of the risk and cause bleeding.

Depending on the complexity and type of surgery, damage (temporary or permanent) may occur to the deeper structures of the nose, such as nerves, tear ducts, blood vessels, and muscles.

At other times, numbness or lack of sensation may occur in the skin of the nose.

After Surgery

After surgery, you must take a relative rest. You can start your normal activity in two days, work or social activities in 10 days; and your sports activity or efforts in 30 days after surgery.

When you sleep, it is important that you keep your head elevated on two pillows for the first seven days after surgery.

The first three days it is recommended to ice the area (without pressure) in the area to minimize swelling.

For two weeks you should avoid foods that require excessive movement of the lips (apples, pears, whole corn).

The toothbrushing should be in gently with a soft brush.