Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Surgery

Risks And Safety of Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) SurgeryRhinoplasty or nose job surgery to reshape the nose may sound like a minor procedure. However, it must be performed by a well-qualified and skilled plastic surgeon because it is a delicate procedure. The expertise of the surgeon plays a major role in ensuring that the final outcome is a nose that is well balanced with your other facial features.

During your pre-operative consultation with a rhinoplasty plastic surgeon, make sure you ask questions to understand all the potential risks and complications of the surgery. The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides rhinoplasty (nose job) to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding locations.

What are the Potential Complications?

Like any other plastic surgery, rhinoplasty may cause a few side effects, but these generally resolve in a few days after the surgery. In some cases, though, it is possible for some complications to occur, such as:

Adverse reaction to the drug used to induce local or general anesthesia Bacterial infection during or after the procedure Fluid accumulation below the skin where the incision was made Septum perforations Breathing difficulties Nasal block due to inflammation Bursting of blood vessels Chronic nosebleeds Scarring post-surgery Disintegration of skin in the operated area due to reaction with grafting materials or bandaging Asymmetrical shape of the nose

How Can You Reduce Rhinoplasty Risks?

Some risks are inherent in the surgical procedure, but there is a lot you can do reduce them. Here are a few steps to consider:

Pick the Right Surgeon

Choose to have your procedure performed only by a highly qualified, board certified, and experienced cosmetic surgeon. These kinds of surgeons usually adhere to high quality standards and adopt best practices and the latest safety protocols to minimize the risks of the surgery. They do this not only because this is the oath they took but because they care about the patient that has chosen them to be their surgeon.

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

Your surgeon will give you instructions about what is allowed and not allowed before and after the surgery. If you follow these diligently, your surgery will proceed with safety and you can expect an easier and shorter recovery time.

Be Open With Information

Give your surgeon all the poignant information about the medication, herbal supplements, and vitamins you take. Share details of your smoking and alcohol consumption patterns. These are factors that may influence the risks and probable outcomes from the surgery. Having all relevant information can help your surgeon plan and prepare better for your surgery.

Is Scarring a Possible Risk?

Like any other surgical procedure, rhinoplasty too is prone to the risk of scarring. If your surgeon uses the technique of closed rhinoplasty, this scarring occurs within the nostrils and is not noticeable to others. If an open rhinoplasty procedure is necessary, an experienced cosmetic surgeon will always place the incisions in a way that minimizes conspicuous scarring.

What is the Risk of Unsatisfactory Outcomes?

Although not very common, it is possible that patients feel unsatisfied with the outcome of the rhinoplasty. In a few rare cases, they may suffer from functional difficulties such as breathing problems. In cases such as this, a revision rhinoplasty surgery can be performed to deal with the issue. Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for nose job.

Contact Virginia Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin Today for a Consultation

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit


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