Understanding Rhinoplasty Risks and Side Effects

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Undertaking plastic surgery like rhinoplasty is a very personal decision that should not be taken lightly. Before proceeding with the surgery, be sure to weigh up the possible risks and side effects alongside the desired result.

Rhinoplasty risks explained

All surgeries have risks, and while those associated with rhinoplasty are small and complications are rare, you must understand what may be at stake.

Your recovery process will likely include side effects such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Congestion
  • Slight numbness

While these may seem alarming at the time, they are part of the healing process and will slowly fade as your body recovers. We recommend learning about the stages of recovery for rhinoplasty so that you know what to expect.

Side effects aside, rhinoplasty does carry risks, which include:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Persisting pain, discoloration, and swelling
  • Scarring
  • Change in sensation and numbness
  • Lack of symmetry of the nose
  • Nasal septal perforation (hole in the septum)
  • Altered sense of smell
  • Ruptured surface blood vessels in the nose
  • Change in sound when singing and speaking

Finally, as with any invasive surgery, rhinoplasty carries the risk of bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to the anesthetic.

It is important to remember that these risks and adverse reactions are rare and can be minimized by investing in a high-quality and experienced surgeon who understands the complexities of nasal surgery.

Minimize risks with a surgeon you trust

While it is easy to get bogged down in the risks, don’t forget to weigh them up against the benefits and reasons you want the surgery in the first place, such as enhanced facial harmony, improved self-esteem, and boosted confidence.

The best way to ease any anxiety is to choose an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Sedgh, that will carefully outline the entire process and address all of your questions and concerns before the surgery.

Dr. Sedgh’s compassionate and knowledgeable approach will ensure you go into surgery feeling confident and excited for the final result. Schedule a consultation with him today and take the first step on your journey to a new look.

Posted on behalf of Sedgh Plastic Surgery


When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.