Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Mr Khan - Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
Surgical rhinoplasty is an increasingly popular method of nose reshaping and if you are considering the procedure you are probably searching for more information relating to the risks involved. The safety of the procedure can be considered from the perspective of both the anaesthetic, and the surgery itself.
In the same way as any procedure involving general anaesthetic, there is an element of risk associated with rhinoplasty. This is why at The Harley Medical Group, a specialist Anaesthetics Doctor is present before, throughout and after the surgery to ensure that the anaesthetic is as safe as possible. Before surgery, the Anaesthetist will identify any allergies and discuss the likelihood of any complications in individual cases, allowing the patient to make an informed decision on whether or not to undergo surgery.
Although it is essential to be aware of the risks involved with surgical rhinoplasty, it is also important to rationalise those risks in terms of likelihood. A study published in The Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that the overall complication rate was 0.7%. Below we have outlined some of the main risks involved with the surgical element of rhinoplasty.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers a less invasive alternative to surgical interventions for those searching for a way to correct, enhance or alter the shape and appearance of the nose. Non-surgical techniques provide solutions that are less costly, associated with fewer risks and require shorter recovery periods. Non-surgical rhinoplasty harnesses specific, complex techniques to alter the proportions and contours of the nose to give the illusion of a thinner, straighter or more symmetrical appearance.
Whilst non-surgical rhinoplasty is absolutely a suitable option for many patients, the limitations of the technique mean that under some circumstances, it would not be possible to achieve a patient’s desired results. Some examples of when this might be the case include:
In these cases, surgical intervention may be more appropriate. In any instance, the most suitable approach for your aesthetic goals should be discussed with your expert at The Harley Medical Group during a free no-obligation consultation. We’ve compiled a list of questions that you should ask your surgeon here.
Although every procedure is associated with risks, non-surgical rhinoplasty is considered to be safe and complications are rare. A safety review published in The Journal of Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine found that serious events occur in just 0.2% of cases when administered by a Doctor.
Unfortunately, without appropriate training, experience and equipment, the likelihood of serious complications including skin necrosis and infection is increased. This highlights the importance of visiting a regulated, clinician-led provider for all treatments involving filler products. At The Harley Medical Group, patient safety is of utmost concern and our expert clinician injectors have the skills and experience needed to deliver excellent results whilst prioritising safety.
In addition to the reasons outlined earlier, there are a number of situations where the procedure would not be recommended. Any patient who lives with an autoimmune disease, a problem with blood clotting or an allergy to any of the ingredients in the filler products used may not be able to undergo non-surgical rhinoplasty. However, any specific concerns or personal circumstances should be discussed on an individual basis with the injecting Doctor.
If you would like to find out more about rhinoplasty and view our gallery of before and after's, you can visit our dedicated page here. You can also book a free, no-obligation consultation to explore which option would be best to achieve your desired results.