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Are there any risks or complications to having plastic surgery on your nose?

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2015-07-15 21:11:20
2015-07-15 21:11:20

Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. To minimize the risks, make sure you discuss and understand each step of the procedure and address any concerns with your plastic surgeon before you go under the knife. Developing a good relationship with your surgeon before the procedure will make you more comfortable with the procedure and more confident in your plastic surgeon�s abilities.

Some of the risks or complications for nose jobs include:

  • Burst blood vessels that appear as tiny marks or spots.
  • Scarring if your surgeon used an open surgical technique is used. An open nose job is when the plastic surgeon makes inscions around the outside of the nose. A closed technique is when the incisions are made on the inside of the nose. During your consultation, ask your surgeon about which technique he prefers and/or the reasons and benefits for using it on you.
  • Temporary loss of smell.
  • Swelling and bruising around the nose.
  • A whistling sound in your nose when you breathe in and out. Caused by scar tissue.
  • Depression -- related to disappointment in the procedure or having a hard time getting used to a new look.
  • Reactions to the anesthesia, such as hypoxia and cardiovascular complications. Certain herbal supplements and medications should not be taken before or while under anesthesia: St John�s Wort, Echinacea, or Melatonin, anti-depressants and MAO inhibitors. Be sure to disclose all medications, including herbal supplements, to your plastic surgeon to avoid any reactions to the anesthesia.

Remember, it can take up to a year for your nose to heal from a nose job. While you should point out any concerns you have with the procedure, your surgeon should be able to predict how your nose will appear after the swelling and bruising disappears. But, even the best plastic surgeon can�t always perform the perfect nose, so additional surgeries may be necessary.

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