9 things you need to know about rhinoplasty

Oct 19, 2018 | Face and Nose, Rhinoplasty

If you’re not satisfied with the way your nose looks, it may be worth considering rhinoplasty.

The procedure involves reshaping the cartilage, bone and soft tissues of the nose, and can be performed to address cosmetic concerns or for reconstructive purposes.

When it comes to rhinoplasty, the chances of a pleasing result are high. But, as with any procedure, there are risks to consider. Here are some considerations to bear in mind if you are seriously thinking about opting for nose surgery.

  1. You’ll need an anaesthetic
    Your rhinoplasty procedure will be performed with the use of a general anaesthetic. In healthy people, anaesthetic is generally very safe when administered using modern techniques. Before undergoing treatment, Mr Morgan will let you know what to expect, and will give you the details of your anaesthetist before your surgery so that you can discuss any specific concerns or questions with them.

    2. There’s a small risk of bleeding
    Bleeding, also known as haematoma, is a potential side effect follow the rhinoplasty procedure. Although it is rare, if it does occur, you may need to return to the operating theatre so that Mr Morgan can evacuate the blood clot. Every effort will be made to resolve this issue quickly if it occurs, and you should not experience any long-term effects once the side effect has been dealt with.

    3. Cartilage warping may occur
    It is possible that, over time, even the very best results can be lost if your cartilage bends and warps. If you notice some cartilage warping sometime after your rhinoplasty procedure, please don’t hesitate to come in for a consultation. Mr Morgan will assess your issue, and if necessary, he may recommend revisional surgery to correct the problem and restore the appearance of your nose.

    4. Blood clots are rare, but possible
    Blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolus, can be very serious (and even life-threatening). They can form in the legs and travel to the lungs. It is important to know that even though this condition is potentially very dangerous, it is very unlikely to occur after rhinoplasty surgery, as Mr Morgan employs multiple strategies to minimise the risk.

  2. Consider your scar management options
    Scars are typically at their thickest and reddest between six- and ten-weeks following surgery. After this time, the appearance of any scars will continue to improve. In your follow-up visits with Mr Morgan, he will give you scar management advice to help you achieve a thin, barely visible scar in the area between the two nostrils.

    6. Know how to deal with an infection
    Wound infections are very rare in nasal surgery, but if you do develop one, it can usually be treated with antibiotic tablets. Mr Morgan will pick up on an infection at your follow-up consultations and prescribe medication as required.

    7. Septal perforation is a rare complication
    A septal perforation refers to a hole in the septum that can lead to crusting, whistling or nasal collapse. This is a very rare complication of rhinoplasty surgery.

    8. Delayed healing is a risk for smokers
    The risk of delayed healing or wound separation is much higher in smokers, and if there is an infection. The overall risk is low, but Mr Morgan will discuss the details with you before you proceed with the surgery.

    9. Expect some subtle asymmetry
    All noses and faces are slightly asymmetric, and it is, in fact, perfectly normal and natural. Even after rhinoplasty, some subtle asymmetry can be expected.

Are you considering rhinoplasty? For more information on the procedure, have a look here. Call (03) 9591 0422 to arrange a consultation with Mr Morgan.