Although most surgeries can be risky, rhinoplasty is one of the surgeries that can have the least amount of risks. Even though this is the case, many people get multiple rhinoplasty procedures. Why are there so many people seeking revision rhinoplasty? There are definitively certain things to do to minimize rhinoplasty risks. Both the patient and doctor can be instrumental in this. Although nothing is 100% certain, there are ways to increase the success rate of rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty Risks: What & How To Minimize The Risks
Excessive bleeding is rare after rhinoplasty. In order to reduce the risk of bleeding, the patient must refrain from taking certain medications a few weeks before surgery. Aspirin, a blood thinner, should be avoided due to the risk of bleeding. After surgery, the patient needs to be careful with their nose. One thing that is strongly prohibited is blowing the nose, as that increases the chance of bleeding.
Infection can occur due to exposure to bad bacteria. The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to take. It is important to follow the dosage schedule to minimize the risk of infection. Taking an antibiotic is integral to healing. One way for a doctor to minimize the risks of infection is to choose the right material. At VIP, we predominantly use autologous cartilage for rhinoplasty. Since autologous cartilage (ear, nose and rib) are natural materials, there is a low possibility of infection. We also avoid unknown fillers and substances. Although Goretex may be a good choice for some people, it sticks tightly to the tissue in the nose which makes it hard to remove.
Even though many patients get rhinoplasty to correct their functional issues such as breathing, it can be worse afterward. Sometimes, a nasal blockage can occur. This can be due to a problem that happened with the septum during surgery. At VIP, we have a full-time ENT doctor, so problems such as this rarely occur.
Here are some things the patient can do to minimize their risks.
Rhinoplasty Risks: Patient Responsibility
One of the best ways for a patient to minimize risk is through research. A patient should take it upon themselves to thoroughly research and find a doctor who has extensive experience with rhinoplasty. In fact, it is recommended that a patient chooses a specialist. This will ensure that if any complications arise, that the doctor will be able to fix it.
Communication between the patient and the doctor is also important. So, a patient must express their goals for their rhinoplasty. Whether it be that they solely want to improve the function of their nose or change their appearance, this has to be conveyed. We often recommend that the patient bring a list of questions to ask the doctor. Also, pictures of their ideal nose are also good. It is essential to also reveal your medical history to your doctor especially if you are a frequent smoker or have medical issues.
The first step to minimize the risks is to find a specialist. He or she will lead you through the process and help you to be aware of the whole rhinoplasty procedure. Contact us to schedule your consultation!
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