The Biggest Risks with Rhinoplasty

Out of all plastic surgeries, rhinoplasty is by far the most popular. According to the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty was the most performed facial procedure in 2021, surpassing facelifts. In fact, rhinoplasty is believed to be the most popular cosmetic surgery, ever – across the face and body.


Given the popularity of the procedure in which many facial plastic surgeons have a wealth of experience performing the surgery, rhinoplasty is fairly complication-free. However, no cosmetic procedure is without some level of risk, and classic risks include infection, bleeding, and anesthesia complications. The risks with rhinoplasty is significantly low, but if you’re curious about the most common risks, here’s what you should know.

Risk 1: Nosebleeds

For many operations, it’s a common concern to keep post-op bleeding in mind. However, with rhinoplasty, the concern is about bleeding within a closed space, causing something such as a hematoma around 24 to 72 hours after surgery. While very patient-dependent, a nosebleed is likely among 1 to 3% of patients. Those with pre-existing bleeding disorders have a higher risk of developing a nosebleed and should it occur, medical professionals will advise the appropriate steps such as light to medium packing for 1 to 4 days.

Risk 2: Altered sense of taste or smell

While it’s very rare – less than 1% of patients – it’s unlikely that rhinoplasty would cause sense of smell to worsen long-term. It’s normal for patients to have trouble smelling and tasting immediately after the operation, if your senses are altered, you can anticipate recovery over 6 to 12 months.


Risk 3: Skin discoloration

Red skin or skin that has a bluish-purple tint (as a result of damage to the blood vessels) could occur around the tip of the nose and nostrils. It isn’t super common and it’s more likely to occur in people who have had multiple nose surgeries.

Risk 4: The need for revision surgery

Multiple factors can influence the need for revision surgery, such as patient-surgeon miscommunication, patient anatomy, or surgeon inexperience. To minimize the likelihood of a revision, it’s important to select the right surgeon.

Since rhinoplasty is an extremely complex procedure and is considered one of the most difficult cosmetic surgeries to master, we strongly advise seeking an experienced facial plastic surgeon. To avoid rhinoplasty complications, a surgeon has to blend art, science, and skill. Facial plastic surgeons work tirelessly to make sure patients are happy with their rhinoplasty results.

Dr. Burke Robinson is an award-winning, Top Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon with 30 years of experience dedicated exclusively to facial cosmetic surgery. Widely known for his genuine compassion, honestly, and deep commitment to providing the utmost in surgical care and results, Dr. Robinson has become one of the most trusted cosmetic surgeons in the Atlanta area.  He has devoted his life to helping others transform their dream look into a beautiful reality.  Dr. Robinson is a Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes in the most advanced surgical and non-surgical facial procedures to enhance and revitalize the appearance while maintaining natural-looking results.

Dr. Robinson has achieved double board certification by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.  His expert knowledge of facial anatomy and superior aesthetic sensibility give him the keen insight needed to assess the balance of his patients’ features and develop a personalized surgical approach which boosts overall patient health while also minimizing scarring.

If you’re interested in rhinoplasty, contact us for a complimentary consultation today!