Potential Side effects of Rhinoplasty

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With any type of surgery there are risks involved.  It is essential that anyone interested in undergoing rhinoplasty surgery investigate what these risks are.  A comprehensive knowledge of what to expect creates understanding and minimizes any feelings of vulnerability.  Dr. Cory Torgerson ensures that his patients are aware of the healing process and encourages them to ask questions to alleviate any confusion.

It is necessary to be under general anaesthesia during a rhinoplasty.  There is potential to have a reaction to that anaesthetic.  This is rare and can be managed by medical professionals. In order to minimize discomfort for you as the patient disclosing your past medical history and all current medications is very helpful for the surgeon and anaesthesiologist.

Because the cartilage, delicate bones and soft tissue of the nose have been dissected and altered during the rhinoplasty, it is normal to experience swelling and bruising.  The initial pain is minimal and can be managed with pain medication.  Excessive pain is a possibility, and may require additional medication to control.

Postoperative edema (swelling) is an expected result of rhinoplasty.  Dr. Cory Torgerson applies tape with gentle pressure in order to press out any trapped fluid.  Excessive swelling is possible if the collagen fibres in the scar tissue take longer to become organized after being disrupted by surgery.

Osteotomis (black eyes) are normal for the first week or two, but may take longer to dissipate if the patient is older or has been on medication that thins the blood.

Antibiotics are prescribed post operatively to fight against infection. If an implant was used to modify the shape of the nose, there is a possibility of the body rejecting it as a foreign substance. All implants are carefully regulated to ensure their safety and it is very rare that an implant must be removed due to infection.

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Potential Side effects of Rhinoplasty

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A small amount of nasal bleeding can also occur during the first few days.  If the small blood vessels burst while trying to heal, it can result in nosebleeds.  Hematoma (blood that collects under the skin), is also a potential side effect, but is extremely rare.

Numbness in the upper lip is considered to be a normal side effect of rhinoplasty but nerve damage is a possibility if the nerves fail to relocate and heal properly.

Dr. Torgerson prefers to use the closed method when performing this facial cosmetic surgery as it is achieved under the nose and leaves virtually no scars.  The open method is performed by making an incision at the base of the nose with the potential of scarring.

Finally, if an inexperienced facial plastic surgeon is chosen to perform the rhinoplasty, there is the potential of over or under correction which may lead to the necessity of a revision rhinoplasty.

In order to minimize the occurrence of any of these side effects, choosing an experienced, licensed professional is of paramount importance.  Dr. Cory Torgerson is considered one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in Canada and has also acquired wide acclaim for his expertise performing rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeries.

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