Understand Your Rhinoplasty Risks

Because the nose is the central feature of the face, even the most minor adjustment by a skilled surgeon can have a profound and beautiful impact on the face's overall appearance. Rhinoplasty has come a long way in recent decades, but like all surgery, there are post-op risks unique to the procedure.

Nosebleeds or ruptures of the small blood vessels in the nose can occur occasionally. These can be corrected with a laser or sclerotherapy once healing is complete. A small amount of bleeding is normal for several days after surgery. (If you are concerned, call your surgeon.)

Although restoring the nose's function is often part of rhinoplasty, breathing problems are possible after surgery, especially when the nose is made smaller. If problems persist after all swelling dissipates, a secondary rhinoplasty procedure may be necessary.

Additionally, numbness in the tip is possible. This usually subsides within a few months, but there is a remote chance it may not go away.

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