How the nose appears can alter the whole appearance of one’s face. Because it is located at the centre of the face, it can usually draw the attention away from a person’s most appealing facial feature and divert it to itself, especially if the nose’s form is not according to the world’s “beauty standard.” While some people may care less about this and can go on living with whatever shape and size of nose they were blessed to begin with, others wish to have a nose that creates harmony with the rest of the face. A procedure that people who desire to alter the look of their nose in a permanent way is called rhinoplasty. This type of surgery can be performed by an ENT specialist in Singapore.

Rhinoplasty has become a household name in the aesthetic industry. More and more Asians undergo this type of surgery in the hopes of achieving the nose of their dreams. In reality, there is not a standard for how a “perfect” or “ideal” nose looks like. This actually all depends to one’s personal point of view. However, over the course of years and with the number of aesthetic rhinoplasty surgeries done all over the world, a specific form of nose is what a lot of people want to have: a nose that has a small and pointed tip, plus a high, straight, and narrow nose bridge. This type of nose is common to Westerners as opposed to those in the Southeast Asian regions.

Aesthetic purposes are not the only reason why a person may undergo rhinoplasty. This nose surgery can also help improve internal nasal dysfunctions, which can affect a person’s normal way of breathing.

We can agree that both mentioned purposes of a rhinoplasty procedure is focused on improvement, but despite this, there is no guarantee that one’s surgery will achieve optimum results especially when their operation is handled by a doctor that is not an expert on carrying out the task. As a result, botched procedures can have a long term effect that can have negative implications on an individual’s health and quality of life.

Here are some possible risks and complications that can happen following a rhinoplasty procedure.

  1. Asymmetry – The nose can look asymmetrical, which can throw off the harmony between the different facial features.
  2. Bleeding – Rhinoplasty involves incisions and sutures, therefore a person is at risk of encountering bleeding during and even after the operation is done.
  3. Collapse of the nostrils – Excessive amount of cartilage removed from the tip of the nose in order to restructure it to appear smaller can lead to the collapse of the nostrils. This can make the nose appear flat and also cause challenges with the patient’s ability to breathe.
  4. Difficulty with breathing – All internal nasal damages can seriously affect a person’s breathing.
  5. Internal and nerve damage – Failure to execute a rhinoplasty surgery correctly can result to damages to the inner parts of the nose as well as to its nerves. When this happens, the nose’s function to smell may be reduced or lost. Nerve damage can cause the nose and the areas around it to feel numb permanently.
  6. Infections – Infections that occur in the inner nasal region can be a huge problem and complications can spread to other parts of the face connected to or surrounding the infected area.
  7. Issues with breathing – It is normal for a patient to experience breathing difficulties after rhinoplasty as the nose begins to heal. If, however, the issues with breathing continue to persist even after the recovery period, then this can be a bad sign. Be sure to have this urgently checked by your surgeon in order to avoid further complications.
  8. Pain – As with any type of surgery, pain can be felt as soon as the anaesthesia wears off. This can be managed by doctor prescribed medications to ease discomfort. If the pain becomes unbearable or continues to persist for a long time, it is crucial that the matter gets addressed by your doctor.
  9. Scarring – Incisions done in the outer part of the nose can leave scars if the doctor is not keen on certain techniques that can avoid scarring.
  10. Septal perforation – Inexperienced hands doing the operation can cause damage in the interior part of the nose and cause septal perforation. This condition happens when a hole is created in the septum. Septal perforation can disrupt the normal flow of air in the nasal passages, leading to breathing problems.

Encountering a botched rhinoplasty procedure will definitely need another round of surgery to correct the nose’s present issues. This would mean undergoing being exposed to the same risks and complications. Repeat surgeries may not be done to the nose during its healing stage. In case any of the complications arise, the nose should recover fully before being subjected to another operation. Healing may take a long time, depending on the patient’s body. It is best to always find a doctor that has the credentials in doing this type of procedure as any mistake can cause severe consequences.

Author's Bio: 

Marina Pal is a renowned author and social media enthusiast.