Top UK Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Julian Rowe-Jones on: What are the risks of rhinoplasty?
Know the risks
All operations carry risk. I don’t believe there’s such a thing as a minor operation and I really believe that patients need to know the risks of their procedure and the steps of their procedure and their operation plan before we proceed to surgery, before they decide whether they should have surgery or not. When we do go ahead with surgery there are general risks and there are risks specific to your operation plan.
The general risks are really those of any operation, bleeding and infection. We have a special anaesthetic protocol that minimises your risk of bleeding and we have a very vigorous antibacterial protocol that minimises your risk of infection but it can never be zero.
Beyond those the risks, as I said earlier, relate to the individual steps of your planned procedure, because no two rhinoplasty are the same. In the best hands unpredictability cannot be eliminated, you can perform a surgical step very well and something will happen that you didn’t anticipate and that’s because of infinite variation and anatomy. So you could end up with for example, asymmetry in your nose you didn’t have before hand.
Now obviously we would talk about revision surgery, but it is possible that your nose never gets back to how it was before, so you could be left in very rare circumstances with a nose you are permanently more unhappy with. Fortunately, that is very rare and most things can be corrected with revision surgery but you have to understand if you’re going to have rhinoplasty that you may be the one person for whom something unexpected and uncorrectable happens.
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More about Julian Rowe-Jones
Julian Rowe-Jones founded The Nose Clinic in 1998 with a clear mission to deliver world leading standards of cosmetic nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Guildford, and now in Harley Street, London. His aim is to provide a level of friendly and professional consultancy, advice, support and patient care that complements and enhances these standards. His expertise as a rhinoplasty surgeon is central to the success of his patients; and you can read more about his background and experience in specialising.
A Rhinoplasty review
Outstanding all round. The surgery has improved my breathing and addressed the cosmetic issues related to primary rhinoplasty (performed elsewhere).
Thank you very much to Julian and Emma.