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Are There Any Risks Associated With Rhinoplasty?

One of the most important factors in making the decision to have surgery is weighing risks versus benefits. Every day, we talk to our patients about “informed consent.” This very important process allows us to honestly discuss risks, benefits, and alternatives to any facial plastic surgery procedure. This is something we take very seriously.

Dr. Prischmann’s personal philosophy is to empower patients with knowledge and tools to make an informed decision. In the case of rhinoplasty, this means that we try to really listen to our patient’s goals so that we can establish appropriate expectations prior to embarking on surgery.

All facial plastic surgery procedures, including rhinoplasty, have the potential for risks and complications. Many risks can be reduced with appropriate preparation prior to surgery. For example, eliminating blood thinners can often reduce risks associated with bleeding. Reviewing a patient’s medical history can help reduce risks associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes. And, prescribing appropriate medications prior to surgery can prevent infections for those at higher risk for this complication.

In Dr. Prischmann’s experience, the most common complications following rhinoplasty are related to normal post operative healing. We prepare all of our patients for some degree of bruising and swelling. There is also some pain following surgery, which can almost always be managed by prescription medications.

A discussion of risks should also include very rare complications. Even though we expect that our patients would not experience such complications, we cannot control every variable, and Dr. Prischmann does not shy away from talking about such serious matters.
At our practice, Dr. Prischmann takes safety very seriously She also considers form and function of the nose. In other words, she wants to achieve a nose that looks pleasing AND breathes well.

According to studies, the most common complaint after rhinoplasty is dissatisfaction with the outcome. This complication can often be avoided by establishing appropriate expectations prior to surgery. Dr. Prischmann often uses her computer to perform “photoimaging” prior to surgery. Photoimaging can be a very powerful tool in allowing patients to see what can and cannot be accomplished with rhinoplasty.

Dr. Prischmann is committed to helping her patients make a good informed consent.

If you have additional questions about the risks and benefits of rhinoplasty, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prischmann, please contact us today.