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What Can Go Wrong During a Rhinoplasty?

July 11, 2018

 

Many people have worries before their first rhinoplasty. Some people are skeptical about the post-operative aesthetics, while others have functional concerns. The high amount of subjectivity when it comes to these things makes it difficult to quantify accurately, and the disparity between what doctors and patients recognize as a mistake further complicates things. Nevertheless, this article is all about the things that can go wrong during rhinoplasty.

 

Firstly, it's important to note that all complications can be partitioned into two categories: aesthetic error, and functional error. An aesthetic error is when something is abnormal on the outside. Aesthetic errors include things like tip asymmetry, overrotated tip, depressed tip, the pollybeak deformity, bridge irregularity, crooked nose, wide base, residual hump, and implant adjustment. 

 

A functional error is when the patient has trouble breathing. Some symptoms of functional errors are a blocked nose, mouth breathing, sleeping issues, dependence on nasal spray, and needing to pull the cheek out to breathe. The most common functional concern is a blocked nose, reported by about 65% of patients; of this 65%, surgeons corroborate about 95% of reported nasal obstruction. 

 

In total, doctors report at least one problem in about 70% of cases. While this may seem like a lot of things for a layperson to notice, a studies have shown patients only notice about half of what surgeons consider a concern. This is a very high number, so be sure to take proper care of your nose after surgery with Doctor CO Eyewear.

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