Complications in rhinoplasty

Christophel JJ, Park SS. Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, PO Box 800713, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0713, USA. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2009 Feb;17(1):145-56, vii.


The surgical maneuvers employed in aesthetic rhinoplasty can result in unforeseen structural complications that lead to an unsatisfied patient. Many of these problems arise years after the primary surgery and include both aesthetic and functional losses. Contemporary rhinoplasty should always be designed with long-term perspective and an eye on possible untoward outcomes. This article discusses the anatomic and physiologic basis of rhinoplasty complications with a focus on primary rhinoplasty principles that will prevent their formation.

PMID: 19181285 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]