Nose Surgery Complications
Safety of Rhinoplasty
Every surgical operation, even if performed perfectly, may result to some side effects.
If the surgery applicants do not have any history of internal disease and their skin, tissue, bone and cartilage are in normal condition, the side effect of rhinoplasty may be insignificant or even ignorable depending on the skill of the surgeon.
Anyway, 2 types of side effects may be expected after a rhinoplasty which are classified as functional and aesthetic side effects.
• Functional side effects:
Stuffiness inside the nose, Deviated nasal septum, Narrowness of inferior nasal turbinate, Narrowness of the superior nasal turbinate, Largeness of nasal remi, Damage to the tear duct
• Aesthetic side effects:
Saddle shaped nose, ^ shapes (reverse V shapes) at the bone-cartilage intersection, Damage to the nose skin, Excessively-thin nasal tip, Highly raised nasal tip, Too small nostrils, Increase or decrease of the nasal septum,
Functional side effects:
Functional side effects are referred to the possible respiratory disorders and nasal occlusions following surgery for which 4 cases are probable:
Stuffiness inside the nose: is caused by sticking the tissues of the nose as a result of non-careful repair of incisions and surgery wounds.
Deviated nasal septum: Happens if the surgeon does not modify the deviation of the middle septum of the nose. Regarding the fact that 13% of nose volume is reduced following a rhinoplasty, prior deviated septum if not modified before a rhinoplasty may cause nasal occlusion.
Narrowness of inferior nasal turbinate: is caused by excessive size reduction of the nasal dome. Without taking special care to reconstruction of this passage, narrowness is probable to happen in this area.
Narrowness of superior nasal turbinate: is caused by excessive size reduction of the nostrils and the nasal cavities. Unfortunately, this passage is very difficult to reconstruct.
Largeness of nasal rami: In patients have allergies or internal nasal inflammations, the internal rami of the nose may grow excessively which if not modified and reduced during the surgery may result in narrowness of the nasal airway.
Damage to the tear duct: is very rare, though possible in cases where the surgeon tries to reduce the width of nose. However, if it happens, the patient keeps tearing through one eye for a long time.
Aesthetic side effects
Aesthetic side effects are referred to the possible negative effects of rhinoplasty on the beauty of nose and in making it out of standard.
Saddle shaped nose: Results due to the excessive reduction of dorsal hump. Either over-insisting of the patient for achieving a dorsal curve or the incorrect estimation of surgeon may cause this.
“^” shapes (reverse V shapes) at the bone-cartilage intersection: Following the over-size-reduction of the nasal dome, the nasal bone looks separated from the nasal cartilage and the nose looks divided into two pieces. Moreover, respiratory problems may happen to the patient.
Damage to the nose skin: During the surgery the skin of the nose may be harmed, altered to black color or even damaged. This is the worst condition that might happen and is very difficult to repair. Application of the artificial materials (prothèse) as the nasal graft may harm the nasal skin. Fortunately, this condition is very rare.
Excessively-thin nasal tip: Usually under the pressure of the patients excessive insist for a small nose, the surgeon makes the nasal tip excessively thin. Not only does not this enhance the beauty of the nose, but also will make it unsighty and looking fake to the majority of people.
Highly raised nasal tip: Raising the tip of the nose although will increase the attractiveness of the individual as long as it is done until a limited level, it will give the nose an unsightly and “piggy” appearance, if exceeds the standard level. It relates to the delicacy of the surgery and calls for the surgeon’s enough skill.
Too small nasal wings: For those applicants who have thick-skinned nose (meaty noses) and for people who have over-standard nasal wings, reducing the size of wings will result in beauty and attractiveness. However, excessive reduction of wings may turn into unfavorable results and narrowness of the nasal airway.
Increase or decrease of the nasal septum: If keeping the balance of the nostrils and nasal septum is not carefully considered, the septum may look to injected or too projected. It will cause unpleasing appearance especially in side view.
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