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Chances of Future Problems after Rhinoplasty?

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Chances of Future Problems after Rhinoplasty?

Postby Blue72 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:53 am

I was considering getting rhinoplasty done and was wondering what are the honest chances of a rhinoplasty collapsing whether it be soon or many years after the initial operation?I have read stories from people who have had the operation and started having problems of the sort 10 years later.

Also what are the chances of having to get touch up surgery later on down the line to fix abnormalities that may begin to appear due to aging and such.
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Postby drharris » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:13 am

Dear Blue72,

I like to say that rhinoplasty when well done is like a "fine wine" . . . it should get better over time. It is extremely important for surgeons to understand the variations in anatomy related to ethnicity such as skin thickness and strength of the underlying cartilage framework. Long term issues can be quite different for a patient with thick skin versus an individual with thin skin.

Touch Up surgery . . .is not necessarily a bad thing. I would just hope that as you choose a surgeon that you can develop a relationship such that concerns can be addressed as the nose heals and matures over time.

Take Care,

Dr. Harris
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Postby Blue72 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:20 pm

Thanks for taking the time to respond Dr Harris..another concern that i had was how fragile would the nose be after such an operation.Meaning say for instance if a person were to be hit in the nose whether intentionally or accidentally would that totally ruin the framework requiring plastic surgery to fix it back or would over time the nose hold up and be just as strong or at least close to as your original nose.
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Postby drharris » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:47 pm

If the rhinoplasty is performed with an appreciation for the key structural anatomy . .and if these anatomical relationships are preserved . . . you can expect a nose that functions very much like your original nose.

All the Best,

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