Once all swelling has disappeared, around one in ten patients may consider that their nose “still does not look right.” In these cases, it may be possible for a second operation to be carried out but a surgeon is likely to advise waiting for a year.
Symptoms of a more serious problem...
The nose is a delicate structure and it may take some time to properly heal and for breathing to be normal again. When a rhinoplasty procedure appears to have gone seriously wrong, the typical symptoms experienced may include:
- nasal collapse where the bridge of the nose sinks inwards.
Cartilage or tissue damage
- deformity at the tip of the nose
- damage to the cartilage wall between the nostrils (septum)
- mismatching nostrils or contour irregularities
Long-term or permanent loss of taste and smell
Your surgeon should explain the limitations...
The desired change of appearance you expect to see from the reshaping of your nose may not be exactly understood by your surgeon. At your first consultation, your surgeon should ask you about your expectations and carefully explain the risks and limitations of the selected procedure.
Your surgeon should tell you:
- What is surgically possible
- If the desired change of appearance to the nose can be realistically achieved
- The likelihood of leaving scars.
Your surgeon also has a ‘duty of care’ to inform you if there is a possibility of serious complications, which can affect the operation because:
- You are a smoker
- You are overweight
- You have other medical conditions