How Often Do Rhinoplasties Go Wrong?

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Last Updated on August 27, 2017 by

How Often Do Rhinoplasties Go Wrong?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose tissue. It is used to correct and reconstruct the nose to improve form, function, and aesthetics. It can also be used to restore functional and aesthetic properties after an injury by manipulating skin, subcutaneous cartilage, bone structure, and the mucus membrane lining. Rhinoplasty may also be used to correct certain conditions making it the most discussed, considered, and performed plastic surgery in North America.

Because of its popularity in recent years, rhinoplasty is also the plastic surgery with the highest revision rate but this statistic is misleading for a variety of reasons. First, as one of seemingly easiest procedures to get it is more likely to attract people who have unrealistic expectations or do not know really know what they want. More involved and invasive surgeries tend to only be undertaken by those who know exactly what they are getting into. Rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is something of a gateway plastic surgery and is thus more likely to cause dissatisfaction.

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That being said, there are several ways to decrease your risk of being unhappy with your results.

1. Set Realistic Expectations: Listen to exactly what your surgeon is telling you instead of only hearing what you want to hear. Accept that there are some risks associated with the procedure and that your results immediately after surgery will not look perfect: you will need some time to heal to get a proper sense of what your new nose looks like.

2. Know What You Want: The easiest way to be disappointed by your rhinoplasty operation is to go into it the planning stages with only the barest idea of what exactly you want from the end results. Spend some time looking at the options and figuring out what you want to change and how much. Once you put some serious thought into it you will realize that your idea of a perfect nose isn’t as hazy as you thought it was. Describing it clearly and accurately to your surgeon is crucial in achieving results you will love.

3. Do Your Homework: Plastic surgery is not a spur of the moment decision so don’t skimp on the research steps. Look up local surgeons and find the most highly rated ones with the best reviews. Book some consultations and carefully consider your options.

4. Follow Recovery Instructions: As with every surgery, it is very important to carefully and thoroughly follow the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon. A small amount of stiffness and bleeding is normal and swelling should dissipate within a couple of weeks but it is important to pay attention to your healing and consult your surgeon at the first sign of trouble.

What Makes a Bad Candidate?

There is an acronym they use in the industry that perfectly describes rhinoplasty candidates of surgery who are most likely to be dissatisfied with their results: SIMON. This stands for:

Patients exhibiting these characteristics may be discouraged from undergoing the surgery or strongly urged to re-evaluate their expectations before continuing.

Paul Graver has been in the health industry for more than 20 years. He likes to be updated with the latest medical developments and cosmetic surgeries. He is an active blogger and writes mainly articles on these topics. In this article he has written about the all time popular rhinoplasty surgery. He talks about it’s risks and how people should approach a rhinoplasty surgery.
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