What Is Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries in the world. It can be performed for several reasons such as reducing snoring, removing birth defects, reconstructing a damaged nose, correcting breathing problems and enhancing the appearance of the nose.
Rhinoplasty can also help improve a patient’s quality of life and boost their confidence levels.
It is usually a very effective and safe procedure, and can be typically completed in around 2 hours.
In most cases, a patient can go home shortly after the procedure, and may return to most of their normal activities within a week.
However, just like other types of cosmetic surgeries, rhinoplasty also carries a certain amount of risk.
Some of the common risks associated with rhinoplasty are infection, blood clots, swelling and bruising.
Hence, it is vital for the patient to strictly follow the after-care advice given by their ENT surgeon, to minimize the risk of complications arising later.
Although rare, below are some complications that can occur after nose surgery:
In cases where an incision is made across the columella of the nose, a patient may experience numbness in the area, of different degrees. This could sometimes take around 2-4 months to resolve.
Over-rotated tips :
If the tip is turned a bit too much, the nostrils may become visible from the front, giving the patient a pig-like appearance. Conversely, if the cartilage on the nasal tip is over-resected, the nose may have apinched look.
If the septum is not supported properly, the nasal bridge may sink, resulting in a saddle nose shape.
Polly break deformity :
This happens when a surgeon removes too much of the underlying structure of the nose during rhinoplasty, such as tissue, cartilage and bone. It results in the nose resembling a parrot’s beak.
Septal perforations :
These are small holes in the septum, which might be unintentionally made during nose surgery. It can cause a whistling sound while inhaling, breathing difficulties, crusting and chronic nose bleeds.
Though quite rare, sometimes these small scars, which connect the nasal cavity from the septum to the turbinates, may develop. They can cause breathing obstructions in the nose, and have to be carefully cut away.
The final outcome of rhinoplasty cannot be predicted in advance. There is always a rare chance of bones dislodging, cartilage moving around or tissue changing in shape, over a period of time.
Hence, patients are usually advised to avoid applying pressure on the nose after rhinoplasty, to ensure that the final outcome develops as planned.
In cases where the outcome of the nose surgery is different from the surgical goal previously decided upon, a revision rhinoplasty may be required.
According to different statistics, revision rhinoplasty procedures are required in about 5-12% of cases.
The best way of ensuring a successful outcome for one’s nose surgery is to select a highly skilled surgeon who is experienced in performing rhinoplasty.
Such surgeons usually conduct in-depth assessments, before providing expert advice on what one can realistically expect to achieve through rhinoplasty.