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    Rhinoplasty (nose job) Complications

    There are many reasons why a rhinoplasty or “nose job” surgery might result in less than optimal results, but chief among these is the experience of your plastic surgeon. Rhinoplasty isn’t just a nasal cosmetic procedure, although it certainly has a profound impact on your appearance. It’s not enough for a nose to look good—it has to function beautifully too.

    Because the nose is a complex structure of bones, cartilage and tissue, the potential for an undesirable outcome is understandably high. In fact, a rhinoplasty procedure has one of the highest rates of revisions of any plastic surgery. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 5% and 25% of all rhinoplasty patients will seek a revision or secondary rhinoplasty. While no cosmetic surgeon can guarantee perfect results for all patients, you can certainly stack the odds in your favor by choosing a qualified surgeon such as Dr. Michelle Yagoda, who is both an otolaryngologist (a specialist of the ear, nose and throat) and facial plastic surgeon.

    Complications of rhinoplasty or nose job surgery may include the following:  1) An unforeseen complication of the plastic surgery procedure itself or the post-operative healing process; 2) Poor cosmetic outcome; 3) A negative impact on self-image because of unrealistic expectations or undetected body dysmophic disorder; or 4) Decreased nasal function.

    Potential Risks of the Plastic Surgery Itself

    Like all cosmetic surgeries, rhinoplasty carries certain risks including a reaction to the anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. During the post-operative healing period, the nose  can be vulnerable, so the patient must comply with the surgeon’s cosmetic plastic surgery post-operative care instructions. Dr. Yagoda will review all of the potential risks during your personal consultation in her NYC office.

    Potential Cosmetic and Functional Complications

    Some of the most common complaints are an asymmetric, poorly defined or drooping tip; saddle nose deformity (the middle portion of the nose seems to sag as a result of overzealous reduction of nasal bone), a nose that’s too short or too long, visible grafts or implants, and breathing difficulties from development of scar tissue or damage to nasal structures.

    If you’re contemplating rhinoplasty or nose job surgery in New York, see Dr. Yagoda first for authoritative, experienced care. And if you’re unhappy with a previous cosmetic rhinoplasty result, see Dr. Yagoda to get the aesthetic and functional nose you deserve.

    The Procedure

    Cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty or nose job surgery can be performed in  Dr. Yagoda’s New York City office-based surgical facility or in a NYC hospital, under local anesthetic with IV sedation or under general anesthesia. This plastic surgery procedure takes between 45 minutes and two hours. The exact surgical technique is uniquely tailored by the plastic surgeon for each patient but most of the time, all incisions are made internally and there are no visible scars. Sometimes, an incision is made at the base of the nostrils and the incision is carefully hidden.


    You can return to work in about a week after your plastic surgery and you’ll be able to use a stationary bike or treadmill by the second week. By the third week, you can return to full activities. Although you’ll see immediate improvement, your nose’s shape and your profile will continue to refine over the next 12 to 18 months.

    To determine if you might benefit from rhinoplasty or nose job surgery, call Dr. Yagoda today to schedule your personal comprehensive plastic surgery consultation in her New York, NY office.

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