Rhinoplasty (Nose-Reshaping Surgery)
Is It Right for You?
Rhinoplasty results are permanent. You should discuss your expectations with your doctor in advance. Age can be a limiting factor. To avoid complications and alterations in the results, rhinoplasty should only be performed on an individual whose nose is fully developed (by age 15 or 16 in females and 17 or 18 in males). Overall, complications of rhinoplasty are usually minor and infrequent when the procedure is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Possible complications may include infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to anesthesia. You can reduce some of these risks by carefully following your doctor's advice before and after surgery. In about one in 10 cases, a second procedure may be performed to correct a minor deformity. These cases are unpredictable and may occur even in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon.
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