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New York Rhinoplasty Risks & Complications

The vast majority of patients who undergo a rhinoplasty in Manhattan or Connecticut, or nose surgery nationwide for that matter, do not experience any complications. There are several important factors in achieving safe and successful nasal surgery. Foremost is choosing a talented and experienced nasal surgeon. Our nasal surgeons under the direction of Mark A. Erlich, M.D., have performed more than 8,000 nasal surgeries over the past 25 years, with an enormous rate of success and an enormous number of happy patients.

The surgical facility is of major importance for minimizing patient risk and our operating facilities are fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the prestigious organization responsible for the certification of hospitals nationwide. Anesthesia is an important factor in safe and comfortable surgical outcomes - our anesthesiologist is board certified in anesthesia and highly experienced in the anesthesia needs that arise during ambulatory plastic surgery procedures.

All that said, patients must keep in mind that any surgical procedure carries some degree of risk. In selecting a highly qualified surgeon, anesthesiologist and facility, and carefully following the detailed pre- and post-operative instructions we provide, risks are greatly minimized. For the most part, the surgical risks associated with rhinoplasty and septoplasty overlap, and are discussed collectively on this page under the general term "nose surgery."

If you are seriously considering Manhattan rhinoplasty / nose surgery, request a free surgical consultation to speak with one of our doctors in person. In Manhattan, we can be reached at 212-861-4100, and our number in Norwalk, Connecticut is 203-852-1650. Before your visit, feel free to read nose surgery FAQs for answers to some of the most common questions asked by our prospective patients.

Nose Surgery Complications

While nasal surgery would not be classified as particularly risky or dangerous surgery, all surgeries carry certain risks and it is important for patients to understand these potential risks. Importantly, almost all complications of nasal surgery can be treated through the use of prescription medications or revision nasal surgery.

The rare, though possible, complications of nasal surgery include difficult nasal respiration, nosebleed, infection, change in the sense of smell, numbness of the tip, abnormal scar formation, nasal asymmetry, septal perforation, and sinus infection. It cannot be overemphasized that careful adherence to our pre- and post-operative instructions greatly reduces the incidence of these potential risks!

Our staff is experienced, nurturing, and more than happy to answer any and all questions. Our surgeons are available at all times following your surgery for questions and follow-up appointments.

Your Next Step

If you have concerns about a particular risk or just want to talk things over, our staff is happy to help. Join the other Connecticut and New York nose surgery patients who have come to our office over the past 25 years. Call 212-861-4100 in Manhattan or 203-852-1650 in Connecticut to reach Profiles & Contours / New York Plastic Surgery, P.C.

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