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The Revision Rhinoplasty Risks You Should Be Aware Of

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job or surgical nose reshaping, can dramatically enhance the appearance and self-esteem

However, in some instances, a second surgery, referred to as secondary or revision rhinoplasty, is necessary to achieve the results that a patient is looking for. Before undergoing any surgical procedure, it is important to ensure that you are aware of the potential risks and that you select a qualified, highly regarded specialist in facial plastic surgery to minimize the likelihood of complications.

Revision rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure than primary rhinoplasty, so the risk of complications is slightly higher. During your initial consultation, Dr. Torgerson’s expert approach involves outlining each of the following considerations for you in person so that you are well-informed and feel comfortable before proceeding.

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Although only a small amount of blood loss is expected during surgery, there is a slight risk of excessive blood loss related to damaged blood vessels. Typically, bleeding is managed with specific post-operative activity restrictions and with nasal packing for the first 12 to 36 hours following the procedure. In very rare instances, however, a blood transfusion may be required. It is important to discontinue any blood- thinning medications prior to surgery, as they may increase blood loss during the procedure. Follow all pre- and post-operative instructions carefully and treat your nose with great care throughout the healing process to prevent post-operative injury, which may cause bleeding.


While every surgery brings the risk of infection, the likelihood of infection following rhinoplasty is very low due to the strength of the nasal blood supply. However, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions and notify Dr. Torgerson right away if you develop any symptoms of infection such as a fever.

Secondary rhinoplasty can repair a bent or broken septum to improve your breathing

Reaction to anaesthesia

Inherent to any surgery, there is a risk of an adverse reaction to anesthesia. To minimize this risk, a complete physical assessment is required prior to your surgery to ensure that you are in good health. Your medical history will be considered to determine whether you and/or your family members have previously reacted to anaesthesia. The anaesthesiologist will monitor you carefully throughout the procedure to be sure your personalized anesthesia keeps you safe and comfortable.

Nasal blockage

Occasionally, the necessary physical changes during rhinoplasty may lead to nasal blockage. While patients should expect temporary breathing difficulties due to the numbness and swelling caused by the procedure, in most cases this is temporary and dissipates during the first few weeks of recovery. However, there is a risk that the nasal septum can be punctured or that a graft, used to keep the nose in place for recovery, may shift out of place, blocking the nasal passage. Choosing a skilled surgeon with a background in reconstructive rhinoplasty minimizes these potential complications. Dr. Torgerson provides meticulous follow-up care to ensure your ongoing progress.

Dissatisfaction with results

Finally, just as with primary rhinoplasty, there is a risk of dissatisfaction with the results. Fortunately, this risk is greatly reduced when you select a highly skilled specialist in revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Torgerson will clearly and honestly outline the anticipated results to be sure that the procedure meets your goals and expectations.

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Our facility offers a luxurious, comfortable and private setting for consultations and surgery with a waiting room that is both spacious and inviting. Although we hope you don’t have to spend too much time waiting to see Dr. Torgerson, within a few minutes you will feel relaxed and at ease.

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