Rhinoplasty: What complications can arise?
Every operation carries risks. However, the risks of rhinoplasty can be minimized if the operation is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon…
What complications can arise?
Every operation carries risks. However, the risks of rhinoplasty can be minimized if the operation is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon with sufficient experience. Despite the greatest care, however, as with any surgical procedure, isolated complications can occur during or after the operation.
There is a general risk of bruising and bleeding. Infections can lead to wound healing disorders. Blood clots can block blood vessels (thrombosis) or get into the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Allergies and intolerances can occur when medication or narcotics are administered. If blood transfusions are necessary, an infection cannot be ruled out despite all precautionary measures. After the operation, numbness can occur due to pinched nerves or other positioning damage, but this usually subsides.
With every rhinoplasty there is a risk that a follow-up operation may be necessary. This does not necessarily have to do with the surgical skills of the treating physician, but often depends on the individual anatomical conditions.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult aesthetic facial procedures. Swelling is inevitable after such an operation, and the nose continues to change over a long period of time. The new nose shape can usually only be assessed after about six to twelve months. The sensitivity of the tip of the nose in particular can be impaired for many months. Serious complications such as purulent infections, tear duct injuries or embolisms are very rare. Interventions in the area of the nasal septum and the erectile tissue can result in dryness of the nose. Occasionally there is a hole in the nasal septum – and another misalignment cannot be ruled out. Minor irregularities, especially in the area of the bridge of the nose, often only become apparent after months. In such cases, minor corrections are required.
Tips for choosing a doctor
You should take enough time to choose the right doctor. Be clear about what bothers you about your appearance and what you expect from the surgery. Ask your family doctor which specialist in plastic surgery he recommends.
A prerequisite for a satisfactory surgical result is the choice of a suitably trained specialist. We strongly advise you to choose a specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery who has many years of further training. Together with you, he will select the appropriate surgical method in advance and clarify the possibilities, limits and alternatives of the planned intervention.
The plastic surgeon is a recognized specialist who, after completing his medical studies, completed six years of further training. During this time he has to carry out numerous operations under supervision. After this practical experience and theoretical further training, the doctor must take the specialist examination at the respective state medical association. Only then does he officially receive the title “Specialist in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery” (currently the expiring title “Specialist in Plastic Surgery” is also used, the training of which was comparable) and thus for you, the patient, clear proof of a comprehensive qualification.
Only the title “Specialist in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery” (or “Specialist in Plastic Surgery”) is protected. Other designations such as “cosmetic surgeon”, “cosmetic surgeon” or “aesthetic surgeon” are not protected titles and can be used by any doctor without proven further training. They say nothing about their training or further education.
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