I feel it is important that anyone having surgery with me is aware of the possible negative sides of surgery and understands the small but real risks. The following paragraphs cover what happens when things occasionally don’t go as expected.
Like all surgery there are risks of complications whoever does your surgery. It is important you are aware that many of the problems you may get after your surgery if they are treated promptly have no obvious effect on the final outcome.
All operations have a risk of bleeding. In rhinoplasty there is a small risk that there may be bleeding inside the operated tissue leading to a collection of blood (haematoma), which needs to be removed under an anaesthetic (less than 2%). Infection is rare and antibiotics are given around the time of surgery to reduce the risk.
Risks particular to rhinoplasty are problems with skin sensation which may be lost or significantly reduced over the nose. Black eyes are common for 2 to 3 weeks but camouflage makeup can be worn There may be difficulty breathing through the nose after the surgery, although this normally settles, although occasionally breathing through the nose is affected in a way that requires further surgery. Rarely infection of the tear ducts can occur and this needs hospital treatment (less that 1%). In about 10% of cases further minor revisions are necessary to deal with any irregularities that appear after everything has settled and normally at 12 months. If tissue is added to improve the shape, this tissue can occasionally change shape or position needing further surgery. There can be a permanent change / loss of the sense of smell.
If I have operated on your septum there is a risk of a hole in the septum. This can cause annoying whistling or at the limit need reconstructing.
As this is a surgical procedure to deal with appearance no guarantee can be given to the final appearance, but if we agree it is an unsatisfactory result correction will be offered at no additional cost.
All operations can result in longterm discomfort.
All operation have a small risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), chest infection and Pulmonary embolism. Death following elective surgery is exceptionally rare (1:250,000 in fit and well people)